Texas Bus Crash Caused After Driver Falls Asleep At Wheel

A Texas bus driver caused a crash after falling asleep behind the wheel.The driver of a Texas bus that crashed in San Marcos had fallen asleep at the wheel, according to police.

Jesus Basio-Ramirez, a driver for the Dallas-based Mares Bus Lines, veered off Interstate 45 at about 4 a.m. on June 30, causing him to hit a sign, over correct the movement, and then roll the bus onto its side, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The accident injured 17 of the bus’ 19 passengers, according to a report released by San Marcos Police. While many people only experienced minor injuries, three people remain in hospital care, including a 4-year-old girl who had to have her leg amputated above the knee.

Police said they believe driver fatigue contributed the wreck. Basio-Ramirez was reportedly sober at the time of the crash.

“We don’t suspect alcohol,” said Police Commander Penny Dunn. Police do not believe Basio-Ramirez will face charges.

Fatigue in bus and truck drivers who spend long hours on the road contributes to a number of commercial vehicle accidents. In March, the National Transportation Safety Board held a two-day forum regarding bus and truck safety which discussed enforcing mandatory breaks after drivers have been on the road for a certain number of hours.