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May 08, 2012  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Driver blames crash on sleep apnea, steering problems


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — A school bus driver who crashed into a concrete post on Feb. 28 claims that her sleep apnea and bus mechanical problems may have contributed to the crash, the Journal & Courier reports.

Beverly Turner, 44, was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and had experienced daytime sleepiness for as much as a year before the crash. Initially, Turner blamed her daytime drowsiness on the water pill she had to take with her blood pressure medication, but the crash prompted her to look further into her symptoms.

Turner also claimed to have reported steering problems on her bus to Tippecanoe School Corp. in early 2012, but officials said there were no records of her report, according to the Journal and Courier.

As SBF previously reported, Turner was fired after investigators determined that she fell asleep at the wheel of her bus and caused the accident. Eight students were taken to the hospital after the crash.

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There is no record of a complaint about the steering, Gerald. In our district, we have a "defect report" form that the drivers fill out when there is a problem with the bus. I have seen drivers say they reported a problem after they do something stupid, when in fact they did not. She just fell asleep...

Larry    |    May 09, 2012 07:13 AM

That driver must have fell asleep. She didn't do anything before the crash. If she was awake she would have screamed or tried to turn the wheel. There was nothing done to try to prevent it. I go along with the school on this one.

Debbie    |    May 09, 2012 05:44 AM

The problem with the steering that was reported by the driver should not be ignored! I would suggest that someone take a good look at what went wrong with the drivers request or complaint about the steering and take a real good look at the steering system (i.e.: the gear box). In my many years as an inspector I have seen total lose in steering in both School bus and Heavy Trucks.

Gerald Foley    |    May 08, 2012 06:27 PM

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