Video: Bus driver nods off, causes carnage

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While it may not get the same publicity - or be considered a taboo in the same way as drinking or using your mobile phone at the wheel - driving while exhausted can be just as dangerous. Don't believe us? Check out this video, which shows just what can happen if you nod off, even momentarily.

The CCTV footage, taken from a bus in Michigan, USA, captures the trail of devastation caused when the 65-year-old driver momentarily closes his eyes, and wakes up too late to avoid crashing into the queue of traffic that has built up ahead.

Anyone who's nodded off at the wheel will be able to appreciate the sheer panic the driver must have felt as he abruptly wakes up to see the rear end of a car rapidy getting closer. Despite quickly jumping on the brakes, the huge coach takes an age to slow down, and simply ploughs through the line of traffic.

Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt in the accident, which saw no less than six cars being damaged. The driver tested negative for alcohol, though it is currently unknown whether he is likely to face any legal action.

Click play below to view the footage, and remember this the next time you think about jumping in the car when you're shattered.