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Bus Driver Charged in Tenn. Crash

March 2, 2002

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) _ The driver of a Greyhound bus that flipped over on an Interstate highway last summer, killing a passenger, was charged with vehicular homicide.

Nathaniel B. Waugh, 52, of St. Louis surrendered Friday and posted $25,000 bond, said his lawyer, Larry Wilks. His next court hearing is May 10.

An indictment, issued Jan. 28 and unsealed Friday, charges Waugh with vehicular homicide, aggravated assault and driving on a suspended license in the Aug. 19 accident on Interstate 24.

The Greyhound bus was about 30 miles northwest of Nashville, where Waugh was due to be relieved by another driver, when the vehicle drifted between lanes and into the median, investigators said. When Waugh tried to steer back onto the road, the bus flipped over.

Mark Linder, 33, of Augusta, Ga., died in the accident. Forty-four others were injured.

Passengers said Waugh, who boarded in St. Louis, had been falling asleep before the crash, but the driver told investigators he couldn’t remember what happened. A Tennessee Highway Patrol report attributed the crash to human error.

Greyhound spokeswoman Jamille Bradfield said Saturday the company fired Waugh after conducting its own investigation.

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