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Autopsy Shows Bus Driver Died from Blunt-Force Trauma


An autopsy shows the school bus driver in Monday's fatal crash died from blunt-force trauma suffered during the crash.


Our news gathering partners at RTV6 say Tuesday's autopsy did not determine if 60-year-old Thomas Spencer II suffered from a medical condition which could have caused the crash. The Marion County Coroner's Office says more testing will be conducted.

Spencer and five-year-old Donasty Smith were killed Monday morning in the 900 block of South Emerson Avenue after the bus struck a girder supporting a railroad overpass. Ten students on the bus were injured in the crash.

Indiana State Police say initial investigations show the crash was not caused by mechanical issues on the 18-year-old bus. The bus passed an inspection in January. State Police Captain Dave Bursten says Spencer had the proper medical certification and endorsement to drive the bus.

"Everything about the driver was in order. There were no issues to his ability to be the driver," Bursten told RTV6.

Two of the students injured in the crash remain in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children.

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