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Fatigued Driver Allegedly Causes Bowling Green Bus Crash; Four Passengers Killed

Posted on Jun 14, 2011

A commercial bus driver has been jailed and charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter following a fatal Virginia bus crash outside of Bowling Green. The driver was allegedly driving while fatigued and feel asleep at the wheel in the moments before the deadly crash.

According to national news sources, Sky Express, a discount tour bus company, was driving 58 passengers from North Carolina to New York City on I-95 when the driver, 37-year-old Kin Yiu Cheung nodded off causing te bus to swerve off of the highway, slam into an embankment, and roll over. Four people were killed and dozens more were seriously injured in the crash.

The victims of the bus crash have been identified as 46-year-old Karen Blyden-Decastro, 63-year-old Sie Giok Giang, 78-year-old Josefa Torres, and 25-year-old Denny Estefany Martinez.

Shortly after the bus crash, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took the bus company out of serve, citing multiple safety regulation violations. In the weeks before the crash, federal regulations had already been examining the problem of budget bus operations following another deadly bus accident on the east coast. Surprise inspections across the region found bus drivers who falsified their log books, fatigued bus drivers, bus drivers without licensees, and a number of other serious safety violations.

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