NTSB: Drowsy Driving Contributed Fatal 2016 Bus Accident in Texas
DALLAS, TX. – According to an online news report from citynews1130.com, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report regarding a fatal 2016 bus crash in Texas. The report indicates drowsy driving contributed to the crash.*
The bus crash occurred in May 2016. The bus was traveling from Brownsville, Texas, to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas. NTSB says the road was wet from recent rain, and the bus had an inoperable antilock braking system. The 29-year-old bus driver was suffering from “acute sleep deficit,” according to the federal report, and failed to maintain a lane, then overcorrected and abruptly applied the brakes.
The bus veered out of control and wrecked off the roadway. Seven passengers on the bus died at the scene, and two died later. Almost 40 other people were injured. The bus driver survived. He or she was not identified in the news report.
Only two states in the U.S. — New Jersey and Arkansas — have laws that make drowsy driving a felony. The problem is not a lack of information about the dangers of drowsy driving but an inability to test for it. Nationwide, 6,400 drowsy driving crashes occur annually on average, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.
Studies show a person who has not received adequate sleep is just as dangerous on the road as a drunk driver. Even losing an hour or two in one night can affect someone’s ability to drive safely. However, unlike drunk driving, police cannot test for fatigue. New Jersey and Arkansas define drowsy driving as someone going without sleep for more than 24 hours. Absent someone admitting to that, it is almost impossible to know.
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Source:https://www.citynews1130.com/2018/12/04/report-driver-fatigue-contributed-to-deadly-texas-bus-crash/ and https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national/drowsy-driving-drunk-driving-same-dangers-but-only-one-illegal/ZPnqJZIWPd0qDuXTGB6NhO/
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