An exhausted bus driver has been injured after he crashed a school bus into a home after he dozed off at the wheel.
The 22-year-old slammed into the home on Asbury Avenue in the township of Howell, in the US state of New Jersey, at around 7.15am on Tuesday, 7th November.
A woman and two young children, aged 4 and 6, were inside the two-story house at the time of the incident, however, they were not injured, said police.
The driver reportedly suffered cuts to his face and head. No children were on board the bus when it hit into the home, said police.
Cops revealed that the bus had left the local Howel High School in the Freehold Regional District, and was on its way to the Marlboro school district.
The accident occurred when the supposedly exhausted driver, a Jay’s Bus Service employee, fell asleep at the wheel and lost control, thus crashing into the family’s home.
Police, the fire department, and emergency crews rushed to the scene following the accident.
Lt. Christian Atunez who was in charge of the scene said the bus was still being extricated from the house at 11.30am.
Atunez said: “Preliminary investigation suggests that he fell asleep behind the wheel, struck a pole or mailbox, and then went off the road, struck a tree, and then the house.”
The driver was brought to the HMH Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in the township of Neptune, for treatment.
Atunez did not disclose how fast the 22-year-old was driving, but the impact left the house temporarily uninhabitable.
The mum and two children will stay with their family or friends until it’s repaired.
Police stated that there was no indication that the young driver was impaired, but instead, simply fell asleep.
District spokesperson Rebecca Policastro said: “The Jay’s driver had just completed a run for the district, there were no students on the bus at the time of the accident.”
Antunez said: “We would like to thank the responding agencies that helped us out, because there was a lot.”