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Officials: Only misdemeanor charges for driver operating bus that crashed, killing 17

Officials: Only misdemeanor charges for driver operating bus that crashed, killing 17

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By DANNY ROBBINS

Associated Press

SHERMAN, Texas -- Investigators say the driver in last year's charter bus crash that killed 17 people near Sherman likely won't face felony charges.

The fatal crash near the Oklahoma border involved a group of Houston-area Vietnamese Catholics who were headed to a religious festival in Missouri.

Sherman police say 53-year-old Barrett Broussard won't face more than misdemeanor traffic violations. They had been focusing on whether he could face negligent homicide charges, but they've determined they probably have too little evidence to support that charge.

Broussard was at the wheel last Aug. 8 when the bus carrying 55 passengers blew a retreaded tire on the right-front axle and skidded off a U.S. 75 bridge. Federal regulations prohibit retreads from being used on front, or steering, axles of buses.

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