Thursday, June 23, 2011
A METRO bus driver, at the end of his shift and returning his bus, was killed in
a horrific crash on Highway 288 near McGregor. The accident happened during the
busy morning commute at about 8:30am.
METRO identifies the bus
driver as 40-year-old David Sayers, a husband and father, who had been a driver
for the agency since 2008, with an accident-free record. Now he is said to be
the first bus driver with METRO killed on the job in recent memory.
In an instant, what had been a long, articulated bus wrapped around a freeway
bridge support near the Medical Center. It happened during morning rush hour.
The bus driver, who was on his way back to the METRO bus barn, died instantly.
“He had no passengers on
board,” said METRO spokesperson Margaret O’Brian Molina. “Apparently as he was
headed down the road, we don’t know what exactly happened, but he wound up
striking a dump truck.”
The dump truck had only minor damage, including a scrape on its front bumper.
“We’re still looking at that,” explained METRO Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
“But it appears that that may be from this incident.”
The dump truck driver and his wife were both in the truck when the bus
crashed. Neither would talk on camera, but the driver told us the bus veered
into his truck and then swerved into the bridge support.
Traffic was brought to a halt on Highway 288 for miles and hours. But the
investigation will take far longer. Officials are doing accident reconstruction
examination of the bus and determining whether the driver may have had any
Today, though, METRO is dealing with the loss of one of its own.
METRO CEO George Greanias said, “Our job now, first and foremost, is to be
there for the family, for the wife and the two girls, to help them through this
very, very difficult period.”
We are told that the bus was not equipped with a video camera which would
have documented the incident.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
41494 117591 46
his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 46 =