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Officials say final bus crash report not ready for release

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 19, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.


An official police report about last weekend's bus crash that involved St. Joseph High School athletes was not available Friday.

A preliminary report suggests that driver fatigue was a factor in the crash.

Clint Parks, 67, was at the wheel about 8 a.m. when the bus drifted off U.S. Highway 183 North in Gonzales County and struck a road sign, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Parks then overcorrected and entered the southbound lane, facing an oncoming tractor-trailer. He swerved again to avoid a collision and the bus flipped, landing on its side.

Of the 32 passengers on the bus, 27 people - 23 of them St. Joseph High School students - were taken to area hospitals.

None of the passengers suffered critical injuries.

The student athletes were on their way to a volleyball game in Austin on Oct. 13.

Gonzales County Sheriff Glen A. Sachtleben, who was not available for comment, did not approve the final report as of Friday.

County officials said the report is expected to be released when the sheriff returns to the office.

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