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Fatigued Bus Driver Leaves One Dead

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adriana_trevino2 years ago

One woman is dead after a bus driver fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle the woman was traveling in to swerve and crash into a tree.

Details of the Fatal Accident

Around 4:00 am, 23-year-old Eric Jimmerson fell asleep at the wheel of a bus he was driving, transporting 48 passengers.

According to ABC 11, Jimmerson hit a guardrail in the southbound lanes on I-95 near Benson, North Carolina, causing the bus to swerve and crash into a median. A Ford Mustang heading northbound swerved to avoid the bus before crashing into a tree.

The driver of the Mustang, 68-year-old Wilfredo Ortiz, was traveling with his wife, Enid Ortiz, and their two grandchildren. Enid Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilfredo Ortiz and his grandchildren were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Five of the bus passengers were also transported to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Jimmerson has been charged with careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.

Investigators are inspecting the bus and reviewing Jimmerson’s driver’s log to determine if the bus and the hours worked by Jimmerson are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Drowsy Driving Accident Statistics

The following information was presented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 2.5% of all fatal crashes and 2% of injury crashes involve drowsy drivers.
  • Of nearly 150,000 individuals over the age of 18 interviewed accross 19 states, 4.2-percent admitted to have fallen behind the wheel within the past month.
  • Individuals who reported snoring or slept less than 6 hours per day were also more likely to report fall asleep behind the wheel in the past 30 days.


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