SEVERE WX : Flash Flood Warning - Severe Thunderstorm Watch View Alerts

Police: Trucker in deadly Indiana school 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 4:29 PM

ARGOS, 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 (50 kilometers) south of South Bend.

Marshall County’s prosecutor announced Thursday that a grand jury will decide if the driver will be charged.

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

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 69°
Indianapolis
Overcast
71° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 71°
Rockville
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Casey
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 76°
Brazil
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Marshall
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Strong storms continue.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Miss Indiana crowned

Image

4 tornadoes confirmed in Indiana, additional damage reported in Illinois

Image

Sunday Morning Weather Update

Image

Crop for the Cure

Image

Museum marks anniversary of Pullman Strike

Image

Holy Cow Drop

Image

Bunks Across America

Image

Diversity Walk Postponed

Image

Man involved in police chase facing several charges

Image

Museum attempting to set record for most people saying the Pledge of Allegiance

WTHI Events