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A truck driver was recently indicted in a Texas church bus crash case. The bus accident ultimately killed 13 people. Those individuals were inside a minibus coming back from a March church retreat. 

The driver has now been indicted in the Texas church bus crash case and is allegedly responsible for the accident and the resulting fatalities. The individual named in the crash was indicted on several charges such as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intoxication, and manslaughter.

The individual turned himself in and was held on bond recently. According to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the driver admitted to looking at his phone for a text message when the Texas church bus crash occurred on March 29 in the San Antonio area. Furthermore, the report identified that the driver responsible for the Texas church bus crash had marijuana in his truck and had taken prescription drug prior to the accident.

Government Analysis Reveals Liability Issues

The NTSB reviewed a 14-minute video that was taken by another driver who was following the pickup truck just before the accident. The truck crossed the yellow center line 19 times and the white shoulder line 37 times. Furthermore, the grass shoulder line was breached at least five times.

Only one passenger survived that crash and 13 others were killed in the accident. All of the passengers killed in the Texas church bus crash where adult members of a church coming back from a retreat. Investigators have identified after reviewing reports and video that the truck was going up to 71 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.

The driver in the Texas church bus crash was not wearing the seatbelt at the time of the accident which occurred 75 miles outside of San Antonio. A Texas Department of Public Safety employee requested a toxicology report blood test because he believed that the driver was intoxicated during the collision.

The driver had already admitted to ingesting generic forms of Ambien, Lexapro, and Clonazepam. The same driver who took the video prior to the accident happening had reported his concerns to the authorities after watching the truck cross the center line multiple times.

When multiple negligent factors are involved leading up to an accident, the responsible driver could be named in a lawsuit regarding damages. 

If you have been hurt in a crash due to a negligent driver, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit with the help of experienced attorneys. The lawyers at McDonald Worley offer a free case evaluation.