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UPDATE: 

On Sept. 3, 2019, Brian Hodges pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance, and causing injury when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance. He was sentenced to a total of 14.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended to probation. His license was also suspended for 10 years.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Authorities say the driver of a bus that slammed into the rear of minivan, killing three people, told investigators he was distracted by ice under his feet.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Brian Hodges of New Albany told deputies he was looking down, trying to kick away the ice, before he looked up Saturday and saw the minivan had stopped for a lane closure on the Indiana 37 Business Route just north of Bloomington.

The Herald-Times reports Hodges said he could not avoid the collision and didn’t see signs warning of the lane restriction.

The crash killed three occupants of the minivan: 54-year-old Rose Pettus, 30-year-old Shante Lewis 29-year-old Orlando Lewis Jr., all of Greenwood. At least two other people were injured in the five-vehicle collision.