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|May 30, 2020|
Truckdriver freed after 2-years behind bars for deadly bus crash
INDIO – (INT) – In an unusual court decision, a truck driver was not sentenced for his role in a freeway crash three years ago that killed thirteen passengers on a gambler’s special bus.
Court records show that Bruce Guilford, 53, was released for time served in jail while awaiting sentencing.
Guilford pleaded guilty to 13 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and 29 counts of reckless driving with injury.
Guilford was arrested in Georgia a year after the October 2016 incident on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs.
California Highway Patrol investigators determined that Guilford had fallen asleep at the wheel of his stopped big rig after the freeway lanes had been reopened following a ‘traffic break’. The bus was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth casino in Thermal when it rear-ended the truck.
It was determined that Guilford had violated 20 hours of federal service regulations and regularly violated maximum driving-time regulations and then falsified his driver’s log.
Guilford had been in custody since November 2017.
Story Date: November 10, 2019