DPS: Alcohol, drugs may have contributed to Iraan cheerleader bus crash

DPS: Alcohol, drugs may have contributed to Iraan cheerleader bus crash

HOWARD COUNTY, TX (KWES) - New details in the Iraan-Sheffield ISD bus crash, speed and an unsafe lane change were contributing factors to the crash.

A Texas Department of Public Safety crash report says a 59 year old Midland woman under the influence of alcohol and drugs may have contributed to the accident involving a bus carrying Iraan cheerleaders and sponsors.

Documents say the woman, driving a gold Buick Century eastbound, made an unsafe lane change contributing to the crash. The report also indicates the influence of alcohol and drugs may have also contributed to the crash.

The report says while switching lanes, the Buick collided with a semi truck that entered westbound lanes.

The semi collided with the bus carrying the Iraan cheerleaders and sponsors. The driver of the semi trailer was cited for speeding. A fourth vehicle hit the Buick when it entered incoming traffic.

The driver of the Buick was given a blood test at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring to determine alcohol and drug levels. DPS said those results aren't ready yet, once they are they'll determine if the driver will face any charges.

After the bus crash officials asked for the help of a witness who drove a black car and hit their brakes suddenly. The driver came forward the same day but the crash report doesn't mention him. Officials tell us the driver helped piece together the investigation and was not a contributing factor.

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