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Police: Charter bus flips after driver falls asleep; 4 hurt

Posted at 2:42 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 15:42:20-05

BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — A charter bus with 35 people on board overturned on Interstate 95 after the driver fell asleep, and four passengers suffered minor injuries, Maine State Police said Wednesday.

Police said the bus drifted off the right side of the road, overturned on its passenger side and came to rest down an embankment in Burnham around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The injured passengers, three women and a man in their 20s and 30s, were taken to hospitals. The rest of the passengers and driver were taken to a motel in Waterville.

Police said the driver, Charles Barry, 65, of Omaha, Nebraska, was cited by troopers on a charge of failing to maintain control of the bus. The bus is owned by Arrow Stage Lines, of Omaha. It wasn’t immediately known if Barry had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Police said the group was headed to Orono, Maine, from Schenectady, New York, for a Christmas concert Wednesday night. The passenger ranged in age from 11 to 49.