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Driver In Deadly Knoxville School Bus Crash Was Texting

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:32:21-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said the driver in a Knoxville school bus crash that killed two young girls and an aspiring teacher was texting at the time of the crash.

Knoxville police said in a statement Friday that driver James Davenport had sent and received multiple text messages around the time the two busses collided in December. The investigation file has been turned over to county prosecutors.

Police said they were informed of Davenport's death this week as they were nearing the conclusion of their investigation.

The two buses were traveling in opposite directions on Asheville Highway when Davenport made a sudden left turn across the concrete median and crashed into the other bus. The three died when that bus was flipped on its side.

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