NJ Transit Bus Driver Found Dead Inside Idling Bus At Port Authority Terminal

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities are looking into a disturbing incident that took place at the Port Authority terminal in New York City.

An NJ Transit bus with a dead driver in it idled there for almost five hours Thursday.

A passenger found Thomas Truex slumped in a passenger seat on board the bus. The bus was parked in a spot where drivers take coffee or bathroom breaks.

Truex drove a bus for 26 years. Authorities started looking for him when he didn’t return to the Meadowlands garage on time.

His death isn’t considered suspicious.

Are you surprised that a bus can sit idling for hours at the Port Authority without anyone noticing? What changes need to be made after this incident? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. badman says:

    like so many other bus drivers, he suffered from giant-ass syndrome.

    1. Hillary says:

      @badman, it’s funny that you say that because everytime you look in the mirror or everytime someone looks at you that’s EXACTLY what you and THEY see..AN ASS !
      Get a life, from the smell of your comment, it’s a bit too late !

  2. WOODEN NICKEL says:

    @ Mckinney

    YOU ARE AN ASS…DID YOU EVER HEAR OF “REFURBISHED”..YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR !!!!

  3. my prayers to the family says:

    OH OH HERE COMES FARE HIKE !!!

  4. Daphne says:

    Oh.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. As an ex-MTA employee and a husband who has been there for 26yrs as well, I’m quite saddened to hear this. The job can be rather tiring and has the ability to age you faster, I’m sorry for their lose.
    I pray everyday my husband and I will soon be financially comfortable so he may retire and enjoy the “rest of his life”.

    Fellow brother, rest in peace.

  5. TOOKIE521 says:

    HOW SAD FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY-NOT SURPRISING THOUGH-DIDN’T THIS SAME THING HAPPEN TO A PASSENGER ON ONE OF THE MTA TRAINS IN NEW YORK? PEOPLE SEEM TO BE SO DISCONNECTED NOWADAYS. BUT WHAT WOULD THEY SAY IF THIS HAPPENED TO THEM…….

    1. Lillie says:

      @ emmas…….The PA does not have such quarters as the MTA for the drivers who are usually on 20 minute lay-overs.

      Young lady, I have a suggestion for you: You are apparently a young educated professional. Do yourself and favor and utilize that “maturity” to continue your studies and further your career. This site is not the appropriate forum to “look for a potential husband or mate”. Your are throwing your user name around like a floosy on a bathroom wall, eventually you will attract the wrong type of attention. In this day and time you will encounter the wrong type of people who will use you and possibly murder you.
      I’m sure you’re probably exposed to men of your statue and perhaps be better off with staying single..and alive until the “right man” crosses your path.
      Grow up and focus more on YOU !!

    2. Frances Vandeburgt says:

      It certainly gives one food for thought if that happens to your loved one.

  6. don't matter says:

    I understood he had a stroke and died. The Port Authorities walls are wide open to fresh air, I think carbon monoxide poisoning is highly unlikely.

    1. Roy Caratozzolo says:

      I am not suggesting that CO killed the driver, but simply pointing out that the culture of idling vehicles runs rampant even amongst those who use motorized vehicles on a daily basis for their profession. The idling bus was not even a cause for concern WHICH IS WRONG!

      We as a society need to make not idling one of our top priorities. It would save both gas and the air quality.

  7. Wolf says:

    There is a LAW POSTED EVERYWHERE in the bus terminal. No ideling engines for more then 2 minutes. If the supervisors who are suppose to make rounds to ensure drivers obey the LAW, then this guy would have been found much sooner.

  8. RoadTrip says:

    Raissa, this is New Jersey Transit, not MTA. The driver would not be in a locker room in the city. NJT buses wait inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal for their return trip to NJ, or they leave immediately if the driver has no return trip.

    Roy, the Port Authority Bus Terminal has a very elaborate fan system to remove vehicle exhaust from the bus areas. Otherwise, the exhaust would have come inside the terminal from the bus gates above and below the main passenger area. CO poisoning is highly unlikely.

  9. Roy Caratozzolo says:

    I am alarmed but not surprised that buses are left to idle for that long. No one seems to understand that when a vehicle is idling it emits toxic soot, not gas or air, but soot….. Why would you want to leave something like that on for long? It just shows that the drivers are not trained properly to begin with. Next to making their schedule, turning off the buses should be next on their list of priorities. Don’t they even care about saving money on fuel?

    1. Frank D says:

      The terminal is a 1000 degrees. How do you think the AC runs on the bus?

  10. 2gruesome2b says:

    i suppose, for the sake of accuracy and clarity, it would be too much to determine if the poor chap died of a heart attack, or some other sudden failure of a body function, or if he were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide, for one possibility, before giving a sinister twist to the coverage.

  11. Raissa Castillo says:

    They should take their break in their locker room where they are surrounded with their own MTA people. He could have been saved if someone was watching or he were surrounded with his own co-workers.

  12. JR says:

    “Are you surprised that a bus can sit idling for hours at the Port Authority without anyone noticing? ”

    Are you surprised that CBSNewYork.com prints such lazy teasers?

    1. CBS WEB IS TERRIBLE says:

      JR

      This web site is terrible. I used it very infrequently and have switched to the Daily News site. Ever since it switched from 1010 WINS site it has been awful. The 1010 WINS site actually was very good. So much for change for the WORST!

      1. nottajew says:

        Daily **jews*** site. You are quite welcome🙂

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