According to a USA Today report, a March 2017 semi-truck crash that killed 13 people was caused by a truck driver on a cell phone. The crash occurred in a rural part of Texas outside San Antonio, and the 13 individuals who were killed were riding in a church bus.
A witness to the crash said he was driving behind the semi-truck and saw it moving erratically prior to the accident. He even called the sheriff’s office in two separate counties as he drove and told the departments that they needed to send deputies to do something about the truck. The witness said the truck crossed the centerline three times while he observed it. Sadly, the authorities didn’t get to the scene in time to stop the crash.
Helpless to stop the semi-truck, the witness saw it plow into the church bus. The witness told the media that he immediately stopped his car and rushed to the scene to help the injured. The truck driver, later identified as a 20-year-old man, admitted at the scene that he had been texting at the time of the crash. The media reports that 12 people died at the scene, and another died later on at the hospital. The occupants of the church bus were on their way home from a three-day religious retreat.