NTSB Report Finds TX Driver Responsible for 2017 Bus Crash was Intoxicated
DALLAS, TX. – October 16, 2018 (seattletimes.com) According to an online news report from seattletimes.com, a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the driver responsible for a 2017 Texas bus crash was driving under the influence.*
The crash occurred in March 2017 on U.S. 83, near the Cochran community outside of San Antonio, Texas. Jack Dillon Young had reportedly been driving erratically for some time on the highway and crossed the centerline of the road, striking a minibus from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. The church bus was returning from a senior retreat, and 13 of the people aboard were killed in the crash.
A toxicology test performed on Young after the crash showed drugs in his blood stream, including marijuana and an unnamed prescription sedative. Young admitted to NTSB officials that he had taken twice the prescribed dose of the sedative before the crash occurred. NTSB concluded his intoxication was a cause of the crash, adding that he might have also been distracted by his cell phone.
Young pleaded guilty in May to intoxication assault and 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter. Sentencing is scheduled for November, and he could be looking at 270 years in prison.
In its report, NTSB noted that lap-and-shoulder belts inside the bus might have saved some passengers. Only lap belts were available for passengers at the rear of the bus, which NTSB said was not sufficient. The Board also recommended that law enforcement officers in Texas undergo advanced training to better spot impaired drivers and have better tools available, such as roadside drug screening devices.
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