Emergency calls made by witnesses prior to fatal church bus crash released

KSAT Defenders obtain calls from Real County Sheriff's Office

SAN ANTONIO – The Real County Sheriff's Office on Friday released emergency calls from witnesses moments before a pickup truck crashed into a church bus on U.S. Highway 83 in Uvalde County that killed 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.

The calls were obtained by the Defenders.

Law enforcement officials said they received phone calls about a person in a white pickup truck driving erratically shortly before the deadly collision.

RELATED: Callers saw pickup driving erratically before fatal bus crash, officials say

Uvalde police Lt. Daniel Rodriguez said a man called about 12:02 p.m. Wednesday to report the swerving truck heading north on U.S. 83 and to ask deputies to respond. Deputies were dispatched, but Rodriguez said the same caller called back about 12:30 p.m. to say the truck had been in a collision.

Real County Constable Nathan Johnson also said that a woman called their county dispatch to report a truck matching the description was driving erratically in the same area shortly before the accident. The same woman also called back to report the accident.

CATCH UP: Here's everything we know about Wednesday's crash

Federal investigators are looking into the crash and are expected to make an announcement Friday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Be sure to keep it on KSAT online and on-air for the latest.


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