The Latest: Negligent homicide case eyed in Utah bus crash
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a fatal Greyhound bus crash in Utah (all times local):
Search warrants show police are investigating a possible negligent homicide case against a Greyhound bus driver who passengers said passed out before the bus careened off a road in the Utah desert, killing a teenage girl and injuring 12 other people.
The documents made public Wednesday say investigators tested the blood of 62-year-old driver Charles Edward Saunders after finding cold medicine at the scene and getting reports he slumped over the wheel before the crash.
No charges have yet been filed.
Greyhound spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson says the company is still investigating and declined further comment.
No attorney is listed for Saunders, who was hospitalized with critical injuries after the New Year’s Eve crash. There was no immediate response to a message left at a publicly listed phone number.
Police documents show cold medicine was found at the scene of a fatal Greyhound bus crash where passengers say the driver fell asleep and was awakened before the bus careened the road in the Utah desert.
The Utah Highway Patrol and Greyhound said Wednesday the case remains under investigation. The driver’s name has not been released.
Police have said the crash was caused by a driver medical problem or fatigue.
Search warrants affidavits show passengers reported the driver was awakened by passengers after falling asleep en route to Las Vegas. Passengers said he later had a coughing fit and slumped over the wheel right before the bus went off the road.
Investigators state cold medicine was visible at the scene where 13-year-old girl died and 12 people were hurt on New Year’s Eve.