INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Additional tests were performed Thursday on the braking systems of a church bus that crashed late last month, killing three people and an unborn baby. But, investigators said Thursday that determination of a final cause for the crash could take up to six months.
Crash engineers had to rebuild some components of the braking system before testing them, causing additional delays in the process, investigators said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives worked with the Indiana State Police Motor Vehicle Commercial Enforcement Division Thursday morning to examine the brakes, along with other components of the bus.
Experts told I-Team 8 shortly after the crash that the operational status of those brakes will be the key to the investigation. The bus driver, 68-year-old Dennis Maurer, told police the brakes suddenly failed, causing the bus to crash into a concrete median on Keystone Avenue near 96th Street.
Three people and an unborn child were killed in the the crash , as the bus carried youth group members back to Colonial Hills Baptist Church from a camp in Michigan.
Investigators said Thursday they are now awaiting toxicology test results, but anticipate issuing a state crash report within the next two weeks. Preliminary findings were turned over to the Marion County Prosecutor’s office this week for review.
A final report, including the naming of a final cause in the crash, could take up to six months to complete.
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Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital closed its doors.
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