NTSB to determine cause of fatal 2017 New Braunfels bus crash

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — The National Transportation Safety Board will be announcing the probable cause of the deadly New Braunfels church bus crash Tuesday morning. Last year a head-on crash with a truck killed 13 people on board.  

March 29, 2017, is a day that will always be remembered by the New Braunfels Baptist Church congregation. “It’s just hard to know you were singing with them that morning and they are in heaven tonight,” said church member Ruth Pharis.  

Friends of the 13 people killed in the bus crash grappled with reality the morning after. The church members were on their way back from a 3-day retreat near Garner State Park.  

“You can’t comprehend that many people gone at one time,” said Pharis.  

Three months after the crash, 20-year-old Jack Young was handed 28 felony charges which included 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter.  

Moments before the crash, cellphone video shows Young swerving on and off the road. According to the NTSB preliminary report Young crossed over the solid white line 37 times, went into the grass at least five times and across the double yellow centerline 19 times before crashing into the bus.  

After the crash, young told witnesses and police he had been texting.   

“That man should be put behind bars because he killed all of those people. Those deaths are on his hands,” said a New Braunfels resident.  

Court records say Young had taken prescription medication before driving and had marijuana in his truck. At Tuesday’s meeting, NTSB will determine the final cause of the crash and hopefully help bring some closure to the New Braunfels community.  

The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. EDT in Washington DC. NTSB will be streaming the video live online

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