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Oklahoma News
8:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

No Cause Yet In Preliminary NTSB Report On Softball Bus Crash In Oklahoma

NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt and Investigator Jennifer Morrison look at the truck involved in a fatal highway accident in Davis, OK.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a crash in Oklahoma that killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team.

The report released Tuesday offers no reason for the Sept. 26 crash on Interstate 35 near Davis between a northbound tractor-trailer rig and a southbound bus carrying the team home from a scrimmage in Bethany.

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Oklahoma News
8:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

NTSB Asks For Medical Records Of Semi Driver In Deadly Softball Bus Crash

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt and investigator-in-charge Jennifer Morrison view wreckage at the scene in Davis.
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Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention caused a highway collision that killed four members of a Texas college softball team.

Monday the Oklahoma Highway Patrol again declined to say what may have distracted 53-year-old Russell Staley from Saginaw, Tex. at the time of the crash Friday night.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the agency has obtained and delivered subpoenas for Staley's medical records.

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Train Collision
12:26 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Poor Eyesight Probable Cause Of Oklahoma Train Crash

NTSB recorders expert Doug Brazy briefs Board Member Mark Rosekind at the scene of the Union Pacific freight train accident.
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Federal officials say a train driver's failing eyesight was the probable cause of a fiery train crash that killed three people in the Oklahoma Panhandle last year.

Dr. Mary Pat McKay told the National Transportation Safety Board that the driver’s eyesight fluctuated from day to day and he couldn’t always distinguish red, green and yellow lights.

“This was a very bright, sunny clear day,” McKay says. “He may have had difficulty telling which of the lights were illuminated.”

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