01/19/16 Bus Crash Northern California - 2 Dead

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  1. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-california-bus-crash-2-20160119-story.html

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  3. OldHasBeen

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    Driver should not have been in the drivers seat.
     
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  4. STexan

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    I hate driving from midnight through 06:00. And no doubt many bus drivers do too. But when the job calls for it, what do you do?

    It's easy to say "he should not have been driving ". But how do you tell 34 passengers "I'm tired. You and the bunch waiting down the road will have to wait while I grab a cat nap"?

    Who among us have not gotten lucky multiple times and survived a brief "nod off" while driving? With Somethings, at some point the odds catch up with you. Just a matter of when, if you do the job long enough.

    Bottom line is driving a bus on irregular or all night runs is a tough gig but someone has to do it.
     
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    Remember reading a story like that. The bus driver just left not telling anyone



    Found it
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/0...leaves-riders-in-bus-while-naps-at-hotel.html
     
  6. STexan

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    Sounds to me like they are going to have to configure buses with a "sleeping compartment area" and a second driver ... and probably have to build new bus driver HOS rules. No. Not kidding. Expect it ... charter and scheduled operations.
     
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    I used to work 12 hour night shifts at a local mine and about 3am was where fatigue started setting in for me. I'd leave the site at 7:00am. Once or twice I remember waking up at noon in the driver's seat of my service truck, idling away at a random wide spot on the highway. I vaguely remember signing out at the maintenence yard and that's about it. Scary when you think about it.
     
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  9. STexan

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    ^^^

    yea it is. Most of is have been there ... few admit it.
     
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  10. AModelCat

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    I'm a little wiser now. That one time scared me enough to the point that I stop and sleep as soon as I start getting tunnel vision.
     
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