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ISP Checking Brakes of Crashed Church Bus


( file photo: Steve Simpson)

Indiana State Police are taking a close look at the brakes of that Colonial Hills Baptist Church motor coach that crashed Saturday.


The crash killed three people including the youth pastor and his wife. State police First Sgt. Tyler Utterback says he's confident investigators will be able to tell whether the vehicles brakes played a role in the crash. Bus driver 68-year-old Dennis Maurer told police on the scene that the brakes failed and he was unable to stop while the bus was on the off ramp of I-465 at Keystone.

The bus hit a median and flipped on its side. Utterback is with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division which makes sure vehicles are in compliance with state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Utterback says the bus is classified as a "motor coach." He says they've already begun their probe which includes examining Maurer and his credentials and qualifications. Utterback says it could take upwards of two weeks to complete their investigation. Once done, they'll turn findings over to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.


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