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Driver Admits Fatigue Before California Crash

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Two people were killed and six people were injured in a bus accident that took place at 6:40 a.m. on Jan. 19 on Highway 101 near San Jose. Witnesses said that the bus lost traction about 200 feet from the flyover ramp to Highway 85 after attempting to enter a carpool lane. The bus then became airborne and landed on its right side.

The driver admitted to being fatigued, and a passenger on the bus claimed that he was dozing off moments before the crash. However, despite slick roadways and evidence of fatigued driving, authorities said that everything was under investigation. The investigation is expected to involve both Greyhound and the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team. Police also said that the driver was a 22-year-old male who suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

Both of the deceased victims were women with one being a 51-year-old in town to visit her two sons and who had recently immigrated from the Philippines. One of the injured patients was taken to Kaiser Permanente San Jose and was said to be in stable condition. Other injured victims were taken to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Valley Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital. Anyone who was not injured or not seriously injured were put on another bus that was headed to the next scheduled stop.

Those who are involved in accidents involving drowsy or distracted drivers may want to pursue compensation that could include reimbursement for medical bills and long-term care costs. It may also include allowances for l lost wages where appropriate. In the case of a commercial vehicle, the damages could be sought from both the driver and his or her employer.