Police say that on March 5th, the driver of a box truck crossed over the center line of State Route 97 near Orondo and crashed into a car and school bus, carrying dozens of children.
The driver of the car 22-year-old Carmen Cuellar Morales, was pronounced dead on the scene. Her 12-year-old passenger was also injured, but is expected to recover, according to the Seattle Times.
Forty-six students on the bus suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
The truck driver, a passenger in the truck and the bus driver suffered serious injuries.
The accident took place at 8 a.m. in morning under clear skies and the roadway was clear and dry, the Seattle Times reported.
Trooper Darren Wright told reporters that it appears the truck driver, who has been identified as 54-year-old Kenneth Hahn, fell asleep prior to the crash.
Reuters reported that Hahn was involved in an injury crash last year and was cited for crossing over the center line very close to same area where the latest crash occurred.
Driver fatigue is a major issue in the trucking company and leads to numerous unnecessary deaths and injuries every year in the U.S. To combat this problem, federal regulators devised rules to keep fatigued truck drivers off the road. Last fall, some of those rules were rolled back, putting motorists in danger of being harmed by fatigued drivers.
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A truck driver who is fatigued may be unable to gauge how tired they are until it is too late. Fatigued drivers can easily nod off at the wheel and lose control of their vehicles as this accident shows. Drivers have a responsibility to remove themselves from the road if they are tired, but so many don’t take this simple step even though the life they save could be their own.
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