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Two Men Injured in Drowsy Driving Accident

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

A bus driver and two young girls were not injured in an accident in Nassau County, but two others were hurt.

Details about the Nassau County Bus Accident

News 4 Jacksonville is reporting that there were two men who were seriously injured on Tuesday morning when the pickup truck they were driving in flipped after it collided with a school bus in Nassau County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

20-year-old Tyler Gaughan was driving the Chevrolet S10 heading east on State Road 200 when the school bus, which was being driven by 52-year-old Regina Hyers, slowed down to make a right turn at Timbercreek Boulevard. According to Gaughan, he admitted to police troopers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and didn’t have time to slow down.

Gaughan hit the back end of the bus which then caused the truck to overturn.

Both Gaughan and his 24-year-old passenger, Jacob Lee Forrester, were taken to the University of Florida Health Jacksonville with serious injuries. Neither of the people in the truck were wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the incident report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Gaughan has been cited for careless driving as a result of the accident.

The driver of the bus and the two girls who were passengers at the time of the accident were uninjured.

Important Information about Falling Asleep at the Wheel

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are hundreds of wrongful deaths every year as a result of sleepy or drowsy driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates the most common factors that cause a person to drive sleep are:

  • Sleep loss.
  • Consumption of alcohol.
  • Consumption of sedating medications.
  • Untreated/unrecognized sleep disorders (like narcolepsy).

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