Bus Driver 'Fell Asleep' Before Crash

Posted April 22, 2008

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— Authorities charged a Greyhound bus driver with careless and reckless driving Tuesday morning after he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the bus, troopers said.

Twelve of the 29 passengers were taken to Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson with minor injuries. The crash happened at about 5:45 a.m.

Steven Leverne Holloman, 52, was driving the bus south on U.S. 1 in Vance County when it ran off the road, struck a ditch and rolled over on its right side.

"I was asleep, so when I like woke up, all I know was the bus was turning over," said passenger Katrina Brown.

The bus slid about 100 feet before stopping at the tree line on the right shoulder, troopers said. The bus was traveling from Richmond, Va., to Fayetteville.

"They were fortunate that the location where they did crash, that it was just down an embankment and that it was just a flat field with no trees, no utility poles or anything of that nature that could’ve caused more severe injuries," said Trooper Chad Lloyd.

Holloman, from Fredericksburg, Va., told troopers he was very tired and fell asleep, authorities said.

Another Greyhound bus crashed on U.S. 1 in Vance County in January. The driver of that bus rear-ended a flatbed truck and flipped. Nearly 50 passengers were taken to local hospitals.


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  • dadof4 Apr 22, 2008

    My uncle told me once that the bus business try to get people to do well over there working hours. Some of his friends said they would drive for 8-10 hours, get maybe 2-3 hours of sleep and then drive another 10 hours. You can't do that when you have other people's lives at stake. I would sue the bus company due to the fact they have drivers working too many hours on consective days with no time in between.

  • littlebobeep Apr 22, 2008

    If you fall asleep at the wheel and crash the highway patrol will charge you with reckless to endanger automatically. Been there, done that, walked away from it with no injuries to anyone.
    We're not robots and tiredness can creep up on you for any number of reasons when driving, not just from a lack of sleep.

    Regardless of who is at fault, and it's not all on the driver, there are a great many factors at play here including employer pressure to do the job (or have no job), just be thankful that the injuries were not many times worse than they were.

  • patriot 16 Apr 22, 2008

    Would an employee at McDonalds get charged with attempted murder if your chicken sandwich wasnt fully cooked? Probably not. Charge the company, not the driver. We all get drowsy at work. Thats unfortunate. Most of those drivers work insane shifts.

  • monkey_boy09 Apr 22, 2008

    ok what are you suppose to do, tell everyone on the bus.. "excuse me, im really tired lets pull over and you guys can wake me up in an hr? " Im sure they will like that. He had no choice to drive.. i think its stupid he was charged, I think its stupid we need sleep, i wish were like robots and never need sleep.

  • Bob Sidel Apr 22, 2008

    sounds like a lot of people in here can drive for extended periods with no rest, maybe you'll should consider joining the well respected profession of bus driving.

  • HappyGirl08 Apr 22, 2008

    Scorekeep, there is a greyhound station in Henderson. They may travel that way to pick up or drop off folks.

  • wolfpackfan15 Apr 22, 2008

    try a "Red Bull" next time. sleeping at the wheel. I saw someone sleeping while driving once. It was at a stoplight, but nonetheless they were sleeping. LOL!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 22, 2008

    I am so glad the driver was charged. He put a lot of people in danger because he was tired and sleepy. I hope he and many us learn a lesson here. Don't drive when you are sleepy. It could have been worse. When not driving rest.

  • pcmd10 Apr 22, 2008

    Knowing that everyone is ok....

    Two words for the driver - RED BULL!!!!

  • 050462 Apr 22, 2008

    i love to drive.once drove 24 hours straight from raleigh to oklahoma city.why?because i can!!!!!!