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NTSB report says driver unresponsive before bus crash

The NTSB report says there's no evidence the bus driver tried to brake.

Posted: May. 1, 2018 8:21 PM
Updated: May. 2, 2018 7:50 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal investigators say the driver of a charter bus driver carrying members of a Texas high school band was unresponsive before the vehicle crashed on Interstate 10 in south Alabama.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Tuesday on the accident that occurred while the bus was carrying 46 students and adults from Channelview High School near Houston.

Several dozen people were taken to hospitals after the bus swerved violently and plunged down a ravine. The 65-year-old driver, Harry Caligone, was the only fatality.

The report says there's no evidence Caligone tried to brake, and a passenger said the driver seemed unresponsive as the bus swerved. The report says the unnamed passenger tried to revive the man before the wreck.

Investigators found no sign of mechanical failure.

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