Police: Trucker in deadly bus crash was removing jacket

Indiana State Police say the driver of a truck that rear-ended a school bus in December, killing one student, was removing a jacket and a sweatshirt just before the collision.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 1:40 PM

RGOS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police say the driver of a truck that rear-ended a school bus in December, killing one student, was removing a jacket and a sweatshirt just before the collision.

A crash report released Wednesday says the truck driver was traveling behind the bus Dec. 5 when he "pulled the clothing over his head and briefly took his eyes off the roadway."

The report says that when the driver looked up he was unable to avoid rear-ending the bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott of Winimac along U.S. 31 about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of South Bend.

The bus was carrying students from the Eastern Pulaski school district to see a Christmas musical.

The crash report was forwarded to Marshall County prosecutors to determine whether the trucker will face charges.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
87° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 94°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
83° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 89°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 85°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 85°
Williamsport
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 92°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 88°
Frankfort
Overcast
86° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 93°
Delphi
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Monticello
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Isolated storms & patchy fog.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events