Texas church bus crash: NTSB wants to interview truck driver

  • Texas church bus crash: NTSB wants to interview truck driver

Texas church bus crash: NTSB wants to interview truck driver

Jody Kuchler, 55, recorded the revealing video as he called police to report the hazardous driving of 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young, the pickup truck's driver.

"He said, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry". He said they driver, Young, told him, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry".

Mr Kuchler said: "He said, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry".

According to Jody Kuchler, these were the first words 20-year-old Jack Young said after driving his pickup truck into church bus outside Garner State Park on Wednesday, killing nearly every passenger inside.

A DPS spokesperson said Wednesday evening that the pickup truck traveling on Highway 83 near Garner State Park veered into the oncoming lane and collided with the bus.

Young remains hospitalized. Twelve people died at the scene, authorities said.

The group, all elderly members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, were driving home from a choir retreat in Leakey. He now remains hospitalized. Only two of the 21 passengers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

The wreck on Wednesday occurred along a curve in the road where the speed limit is 65 miles per hour, according to Department of Public Safety officials.

"We'll be looking at drivers of both vehicles - whether there was fatigue, distraction, impairment; the mechanical condition of the vehicles; the highway they were operating on; and the driveability and crash-worthiness of the bus", safety board investigator Jennifer Morrison said Friday. The driver and front passenger wore three-point lap-and-shoulder belts while those in the seats behind wore lap belts, she said.

The Uvalde county sheriff's office dispatched deputies, it was too late.

"These are individuals we've sat next to and had dinner with and laughed with and cried with and worshipped with", Brad McLean, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, said Thursday.

Two of the victims were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment after the crash, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.

One person from the bus and the pickup driver remain hospitalized.

But officials with the National Board of Transportation Safety said that distracted driving would be among the issues considered as the agency investigates the causes of the accident. One passenger in the church bus survived and is in critical condition, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.