Texting and Driving Blamed for Deadly Bus Crash that Killed 13

Texting and Driving Blamed for Deadly Bus Crash that Killed 13

Texting and Driving Blamed for Deadly Bus Crash that Killed 13

On Wednesday, members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels in Texas were reportedly returning from a three-day retreat in Leakey when their church bus collided with a pickup truck in a fatal vehicle accident.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the driver as 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young. But officials have said the truck driver appeared to have crossed the center line.

The report is out and authorities believe texting and driving caused the San Antonio church bus crash that killed 13 people.

Kuchler saw Young driving erratically and tried to stop him by calling 911 and the Real County Sheriff's Office just before the crash.

Kuchler said Young apologized, saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry". I mean you can't be texting and driving all over the road for that long.

Tailing the truck for a half hour he never imagined it would be a bus full of senior citizens returning from a church retreat.

My San Anotonio reports Young was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where he is now listed in stable condition.

The bus occupants ranged in age from 61 to 87. A similar proposal passed the Texas House a few weeks ago but has yet to make it to a Senate floor vote. Two passengers were killed and 13 others were injured when the bus crashed, rolled up a barrier, rolled onto its side, and came to rest atop the barrier. One of the problems with lap belts only is that in a frontal impact crash, people will remain in their seats but their upper bodies will go forward and their heads can strike the back of the seat in front, she said.

NTSB officials also said that they have taken toxicology samples and cell phone data from drivers of both of the vehicles involved in the crash.

Federal investigators have not yet released what caused the crash, but they did confirm that most of the passengers on the bus were wearing seatbelts.

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