Authorities examine brakes as investigation continues into deadly bus crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana State Police troopers and investigators from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department crawled under the blue tarp sheltering the wreckage of a church bus at a Speedway towing yard, looking for evidence in a crash that killed three people.

The Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus hurtled down an I-465 off ramp onto Keystone Avenue late last month.

The driver told police the brakes on the bus failed.

“Investigators from IMPD and the state police were again examine the bus,” said Lt. Chris Bailey, “making sure they’ve covered all their bases.

“Part of that examination will be of the brakes and they were out there again today looking at those.”

Youth pastor Chad Phelps, his wife Courtney and their unborn child died in the crash. Church member Tonya Weindorf was also killed, and 33 others, mainly teenagers, were injured.

Investigators from the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement branch are assisting IMPD in the probe.
Those investigators traditionally examine buses and other large vehicles and looking for brake or other mechanical problems.

“We want to make sure that we use the correct experts to get to the cause of this crash,” said Bailey, “so, if State Police has an expertise in that area, then that’s why they’re here in this investigation.”

The ISP report is expected to be completed and handed off to IMPD by the end of the month.

Bailey said it may take six months for toxicology test results regarding the driver to be completed.

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