DALLAS (January 5, 2000)
An Analysis by Greyhound Lines of the Accident
In Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1998
All evidence available to Greyhound Lines indicates the driver suffered a sudden and catastrophic cardiac failure.
Two respected pathologists studied tissue from the driver's body independently and concluded that the accident likely was caused by a severe cardiac event.
The driver, Scott Wisner, was familiar with the route. He had driven the Pittsburgh-New York run for several years, in all seasons, in all kinds of weather, day and night.
Mr. Wisner lived in Boothwyn, Pa., a few miles south of Philadelphia. On the day before his work cycle began, he traveled to Pittsburgh and spent the night in a hotel. Interviews with hotel personnel and hotel records show that this had been his pattern of behavior for several years. Hotel records prove that he had been in the hotel the night of June 18, 1998.
He spent the night of June 19 in a company-provided hotel in New York, and was in the hotel for 13 hours.
At the time of the accident, he had been driving for six hours, including rest breaks of 37 minutes in Philadelphia and 17 minutes in Harrisburg.
In all regards, he was well in excess of Department of Transportation requirements for off-duty hours and hours of service.
On the westbound trip in the hours before the accident, he stopped in Newark, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Terminal employees in all three cities remember talking with him, and recall that he appeared alert and in excellent spirits. A Greyhound driver who had coffee with him in Harrisburg less than two hours before the accident said he was in good spirits and had said he was looking forward to his retirement.
Based on his known behavior and statements of witnesses, there is no reason to conclude that driver fatigue contributed to the accident.