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Driver Allegedly Became Unresponsive Moments Before Deadly Channelview High School Charter Bus Crash


The driver of a charter bus that crashed last week in Alabama with dozens of Channelview High School band students aboard may have become unresponsive just before the vehicle veered off the highway.

Tragically, Harry Caligone, ,65 a veteran bus driver with more than 20 years of experience behind the wheel, died in the accident.

Three dozen people, mostly students, were transferred to hospitals in Florida and Alabama with injuries that ranged from minor to serious.

Crash Investigators Believe Driver Never Applied Brakes

The deadly accident occurred sometime around 5:30 a.m. local time on March 13th, when a charter bus owned and operated by Houston-based First Class Tours veered over the median and into the eastbound lanes of Interstate-10.

Investigators say the vehicle then hit a guardrail, causing it to dart back onto the median and fall 50 feet into a ravine.

There were no signs of skid marks, indicating that the bus driver never applied the brakes.

Band Director Tried to Steer Bus After Driver Became Unresponsive

Witnesses aboard the bus reported that Caligone appeared unresponsive right before the crash.

Aaron Allison, the Channelview High School Band Director, tried unsuccessfully to rouse the driver before taking the wheel and steering the vehicle away from oncoming traffic.

Investigators are now trying to determine whether or not Caligone may have suffered from any medical conditions that could have contributed to the accident.

Autopsy findings are so far inconclusive. Officials are hoping that yet-to-be-completed blood and tissue tests will shed more light on his health just prior to the crash.

Charter Bus Was Scheduled to Meet a Relief Driver

The charter bus involved in last week’s accident was brand new and only making its second trip when it crashed.

According to an official with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Caligone was scheduled to meet a relief driver in Mobile, Alabama and hadn’t exceeded the number of hours he was legally allowed to drive.

Caligone had spent the last 15 years of his career driving for First Class Tours. His family told local media outlets that he had recently passed a physical and disputed any possibility that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

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