Texas church bus crash: Relief fund set up for victims


A witness to a deadly wreck in Uvalde County involving a church minibus said the driver of a pickup truck that crossed the center line repeatedly apologized and acknowledged he had been texting while driving.

Two weeks ago when he last saw Barber, Timmerman said: "I told him to have a good weekend and everything".

"(The caller) was scared (the pickup driver) was going to cause an accident and asked us to send deputies", Rodriguez said.

Most of those who died at the scene were residents of New Braunfels, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) said, identifying them as Howard Bryan Allen, 81; Rhonda Barlow Allen, 61; Harold Boyd Barber, 87; Margaret Robinson Barber, 82; Murray William Barrett, 67; Mildred Goodlett Rosamond, 87; Sue Wynn Tysdal, 76; Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84; and Martha Holcomb Walker, 84.

Kuchler even recorded video on a cell phone of the truck swerving all across the highway before the deadly crash.

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On Friday, calls to local county sheriff's offices reveal that a witness, Jody Kuchler, reported seeing the truck that crashed into the church bus driving erratically.

Real County Constable Nathan Johnson said that a woman also called the county's dispatch to report a truck was driving erratically in the same area shortly before the accident.

"With heavy hearts our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and First Baptist Church of New Braunfels church family in the grieving of the tragic accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon", Alto Rio Baptist Encampment said in a statement.The church canceled events, but members gathered inside Wednesday night. Another bus passenger died at a San Antonio hospital. The accident happened on a highway in rural Uvalde County, more than 90 miles west of San Antonio.

Perhaps through prayer and forgiveness, friends and family who lost loved ones can somehow move on from this awful tragedy.

The group was returning from a three-day church retreat Wednesday when their small bus collided with a pickup truck that authorities say had drifted across the center line near the town of Concan. One passenger in the church bus survived and is in critical condition, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Several people aboard a minibus bringing churchgoers back from a retreat were killed on March 29, 2017 in a two-vehicle crash in the Texas Hill Country, officials said.

The death toll of the Texas crash was high despite the fact that most, if not all, of the occupants of the van were wearing seatbelts, Ms Morrison said.

Glenn Timmermann told KENS5 that he knew one of the oldest victims killed the crash, 87-year-old Harold Boyd Barber, from Bible study. But they say the speed limit along the stretch of road where the wreck occurred is 65 miles per hour (104 kph).

The National Transportation Safety Board provided an update to their investigation on Friday in Uvalde.

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