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Greyhound settles another suit relating to deadly Santa Maria crash

Greyhound Lines Inc. has settled another lawsuit stemming from a 2005 bus crash that killed two passengers and injured 43.

An injury suit filed by three injured passengers was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, Santa Barbara County court documents indicated. Attorneys filed a request to dismiss the Superior Court case last week.

The suit was filed by Keith St. Clare, a San Francisco children’s home director, and staff members Takafumi Okajima and Kin Ming Cheng.

Wrongful death suits filed by the families of the two dead passengers were settled earlier for undisclosed amounts.

The San Francisco-bound bus crashed on Nov. 27, 2005, on Highway 101 in Santa Maria. The bus ran off the highway and skidded on its right side into a tree.

The California Highway Patrol said driver Samuel Bishop, who was 63 at the time, may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The Fresno man told investigators he had gotten only 90 minutes of sleep in the 20 hours before the crash.

However, the district attorney’s office determined that he may have suffered an epileptic seizure and no criminal charges were filed.

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