Driver Found Dead In Bus Idling For 5 Hours
An NBC affiliate network in New York reports that a transit bus in New Jersey was found having been idling for a full five hours with its driver dead inside.
New York and New Jersey’s Port Authority is trying to figure out why nobody noticed the length of time the bus had been sitting in one place with its driver, Thomas Truex, a 26 year veteran of New Jersey Transit. Apparently Truex had dropped off passengers at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, and sometime thereafter moved to a passenger seat.
The idling bus and Truex’s slumped over dead body were not discovered until 3:00 p.m. later that day, after Transit officials at the Meadowlands garage noted Truex had not returned, and called his wife.
Port Authority officials say Truex likely went unnoticed due to the fact he had dropped off all of his customers, and had parked his bus at a routine driver rest stop. Truex’s slumped over body having been in a passenger seat and looking like a sleeping passenger also likely led to nobody raising suspicions. “It would not have looked out of the ordinary,” said Steve Coleman, Port Authority spokesperson in an interview with The Record.
At this time, Truex’s death does not appear to be suspicious, although officials are still investigating what happened, and why the idling bus was not investigated sooner. New Jersey Transit spokesperson Penny Bassett told reporters, “we’ll certainly take a look at procedures going forward,” when asked about the lack of communication.
Fellow Transit drivers are not happy with what they see as mismanagement and a lack of security. “How did someone not wonder where this driver was,” asked fellow driver Andrea Cagney.