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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they expect to complete the Indiana State Crash Report into the fatal church bus accident within the next two weeks.

Authorities said IMPD detectives and investigators with Indiana State Police examined the bus again Thursday to ensure everything was inspected, especially the brakes.

The July 27 crash that occurred on the city’s northeast side took the lives of youth pastor Chad Phelps, his wife Courtney and their unborn baby. A fellow member of their church, Tonya Weindorf, was also killed in the crash.

The Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus was returning to Indianapolis from a church retreat in Michigan. Dozens of teenagers on the bus were injured in the accident.

Witnesses told police the bus was moving at high speed as it exited from the interstate onto southbound Keystone Avenue. The bus hit a concrete median, sending it airborne before flipping it over.

The 68-year-old driver told officers at the scene the brakes had failed. Authorities said they are waiting for toxicology results, so the final report into the crash could take up to six months to complete.

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