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School Bus Crashes After Driver Falls Asleep

Posted April 23, 2008
Updated April 24, 2008

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— A Johnston County school bus driver fell asleep and wrecked Wednesday afternoon, the state Highway Patrol said.

Tammy Stevens drifted off while traveling down Covered Bridge Road near Loop Road, troopers said. The bus hit five mailboxes and a car before crossing over a ditch and coming to a stop in a field.

No students were on the bus. Stevens had just dropped off students from Riverwood Middle and Elementary schools.

The driver of the car Stevens hit was not seriously injured.

Stevens, who was not hurt, is facing reckless driving charges, troopers said.

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  • Me_in_Wendell Apr 24, 2008

    My husband has been talking for me, I have a few things to add. When we step into the cafeteria we are working non stop everyday. We are short handed, so we have to work through our 30 minute lunch break (and not get paid). We have to sweep and mop the whole dinning area after we have cleaned up and put all the food away, plus wash ALL the dishes. And then we can leave to get on the hot bus with kids the don't listen. A lot of drivers pull out in front of me, because they do not want to be "caught behind the slow bus".

  • Me_in_Wendell Apr 24, 2008

    As I noted before, my wife works (in the cafeteria) and drives bus for Johnston County. They are required to maintain a Class B State EDL. We had to pay for the fees and training. Most of the buses are not Air Conditioned, and do not have fans.

    She also has to maintain law and order on the bus. And deal with drivers that don't follow the State Laws (she has had 4 people ignore her extended stop sign this week). It's not as easy as jumping on the bus and making your 30 stops.

  • ilovejbs4life Apr 24, 2008

    Mrs.Tammy was my my old bus driver.She was very nice. When she told us [students] that she was leaving. She said that she gets to tired when she drives a bus. Im pretty sure that she does it for 2 hours straight. I think that she was filling in for another Bus Driver.

  • OHn8tive Apr 24, 2008

    "Go figure: I was almost hit by a school bus last week that pulled out in front of me, the state should impose profesional drivers laws on school bus driver training they do in other states but here in NC there are to many bus accidents and the training here is a joke, the state does not do a driver backround check on drivers and there records."

    They do have professional training and license testing by the state. They have to get their commercial license. Please check your facts before speaking.

  • beachboater Apr 24, 2008

    Well, it hasn't been so many years ago when students were driving busses as soon as they got their driver's license. I would have to guess that this is an improvement.

  • churchgirl2 Apr 24, 2008

    Believe me if the bus drivers get a ticket of any sort. The school will know it and your insurance company. Even if it is not your fault. At onetime they did not even get overtime pay for all over 7.5 hours for T/A. The pay was called weighted measure.

  • bbad238 Apr 24, 2008

    How would you know if the training is a joke unless you've done it yourself? There are some bad bus drivers out there. Many schools aren't listening to complaints about drivers. I saw one bus almost run over kids. The parent of the kids made complaints but that driver is still out there driving. It's too bad they don't take some things more seriously.

  • b4self Apr 24, 2008

    Glad no one was badly hurt and agree with all, they are so underpaid and overworked.

  • Sunkist Apr 24, 2008

    It's a blessing she got those kids to school safe, She had to have done everything in her power to keep her eyes open to get those kids to school safe.

    A co-worker husband just had a bus reck in Johnston County about 4 or 5 months ago and after the investigation they let him go. Anytime you have a bus reck and it's your fault there's a posibility you might lose your job. I pray this situation is different, b/c in this day and time you need your job.

    When I first heard the story I said to myself I bet she was working two jobs...Thank god she didn't get hurt and no kids was on the bus.

  • nccowbo Apr 24, 2008

    I agree, they are way under paid for the cargo they carry. Most have to have 2 jobs and that takes a major toll on a person. I feel so bad for the driver and the cars driver. Lets bus more kids further from home and the schools closest to them and push these drivers to longer hours and less money. (joking that is) But it sure seems like this is what's going on.

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