Witness in Uvalde called authorities about dangerous pickup before it crashed with bus
DPS said in a statement they cannot confirm it was same truck
UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde dispatch received a call about a dangerous white truck an hour and a half before the crash that killed 13 seniors, but local authorities say they didn't have any units available to send.
A woman says she described the call to NTSB and DPS investigators in connection with the accident.
In the audio of a call made to the Uvalde police dispatch at 10:55 a.m. last Wednesday, Uvalde resident Anna Lisa Perez said she was worried about a young man sitting on the hood of his truck with his head in his lap.
She describes the white Dodge model 2004 or 2005 as stopped in the lane of traffic.
"Like where he's pulled over it's too close to the, like, it's over the line," said Perez in the call.
"I was worried he was going to cause an accident, and I could still see 18-wheelers, I mean, I could see three 18-wheelers coming," Perez said, thinking back to the day.
Later that day around 12:20 p.m. a little more than 20 miles north on US 83 a bus full of senior citizens got hit head on by a truck with the same description. All but one of the 14 bus occupants died.
"I looked back and I saw the sticker on the back of the windshield, see that's what stuck out to me the most, and I [thought] 'Oh my gosh, I think I saw that truck," Perez said.
DPS said in a statement they cannot confirm it was the same truck driven by 20-year-old Jack Young in the bus crash.
Uvalde police route the emergency calls for that area to the Uvalde Sheriff's Department. Dispatch said they would send a unit, but no one went.
An operations lieutenant said at the time of Perez's call all of the deputies and even DPS were busy with a report of a man with a gun and a car crash, and had no one to send.
"Like I wish I could go back, I wish I could have stopped, asked him what's wrong," Perez said.
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