Driver says she took sleeping pill on day of accident

Posted on March 22, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A school bus driver who was charged with DUI and reckless driving after she drove up on a curb and rear-ended a truck with her bus in 2010 said that she had accidentally mixed up her medication on the day of the accident, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The reckless driving charge was dropped after a toxicology test showed there was no alcohol in Lynn McGlothlin's system. However, McGlothlin pled guilty under a deal that reduced her charge to minimum DUI, and she is no longer allowed to drive a school bus.

McGlothlin said that on the morning of the accident, instead of taking her thyroid medicine, she mistakenly took a generic form of Ambien.

To read the full story, click here.


Comments ( 1 )
  • jkraemer

     | about 5 years ago

    No longer allowed to drive a school bus seems a bit harsh, it is easy enough to take the wrong pill, usually not so dramatic a result. Story does not mention if reaction was sudden or building over time. People make mistakes that afterthought might claim is stupidity or incompetence. School bus drivers are not doctors or experts in medicines. Have to consider the quickness of a mob mentality so eager to lynch school bus drivers over most anything. Experienced a reaction myself to a medication during an ear infection that made it difficult to walk straight but no effect when sitting -- clear headed and fully able to drive. Didn't drive bus that morning simply because no effect while sitting would not be enough if in a crash and asked to walk a straight line. Who needs the aggravation from false accusers, even when short of drivers? Think about that when sick and considering driving. Some staff virtually forces the driver to take the wheel when sick, then jump in with the mob to condemn the driver over anything that goes amiss. Be smarter than the mob. Do not drive when not fully confident in your situation.

More Stories

Mother Gets Probation for Assaulting School Bus Driver

Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.


Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.


2-Camera System

The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.

As Maryland’s new state director of pupil transportation, Gabriel Rose (seen here) replaces Leon Langley, who stepped down from the position in July.

New State Director Named in Maryland

Gabriel Rose, who previously served as a security specialist for Talbot County (Md.) Public Schools, replaces Leon Langley as state director.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!