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Ohio transit bus driver accident-free over 1 million miles

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a man standing in front of a store: In this April 26, 2018 photo Godwin McNeal sits behind the wheel of a bus in Cleveland. McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles without causing an accident. Officials say it's the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA's history. (Grant Segall/The Plain Dealer via AP) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc In this April 26, 2018 photo Godwin McNeal sits behind the wheel of a bus in Cleveland. McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles without causing an accident. Officials say it's the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA's history. (Grant Segall/The Plain Dealer via AP)

CLEVELAND — If you need to ride a public transit bus in Cleveland and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, there's no better person behind the wheel than Godwin McNeal.

Cleveland.com reports the 64-year-old McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) without causing an accident. Officials say it's the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA's history.

McNeal has been driving a 63-foot-long bus along on Euclid Avenue, one of Cleveland's main thoroughfares, weekdays for the last five years from 2:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. without breaks.

Asked what his secret might be, McNeal said he doesn't think about it. He then added that patience is needed.

a car parked in front of a mirror posing for the camera: In this April 26, 2018 photo, Godwin McNeal drives a bus in Cleveland. McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles without causing an accident. Officials say it's the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA's history. (Grant Segall/The Plain Dealer via AP) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc In this April 26, 2018 photo, Godwin McNeal drives a bus in Cleveland. McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles without causing an accident. Officials say it's the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA's history. (Grant Segall/The Plain Dealer via AP)

McNeal hopes to retire in 2020 with his streak intact.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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