Police: Driver falls asleep, crashes empty school bus in Salem

Source: Joe Douglass, KATU, On Your Side Investigator, June 9, 2015

Salem police officers cited a school bus driver for careless driving after they say he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed a bus into two trees, a highway sign and a retaining wall. There were no passengers on board and no one was hurt in the crash, Salem Police Lieutenant Dave Okada said. According to police, 32-year-old Josiah Muckey was driving a Western Mennonite School bus south on Salem Parkway Northeast when around 7 a.m. he crashed near the Cherry Avenue intersection. …. When asked if Muckey will be able to stay on as a driver, Schultz said, “I would think so. I certainly hope so.” The state education department told KATU private school bus drivers like Muckey have to go through the same background checks and training as public school drivers. The only difference is the state doesn’t fingerprint private school employees. …