Sheriff: Driver faulted in deadly bus crash not intoxicated

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Authorities say a driver had no alcohol or drugs in his system when he slammed into a pick-up truck, triggering a series of collisions on a New Mexico highway that resulted in the deaths of three passengers of a commercial bus.

The Sandoval County sheriff released the results of a toxicology report Thursday following the July bus crash on a stretch of Interstate-25 north of Albuquerque.

Authorities say the bus driver lost control while trying to avoid the crash into the pick-up truck. The overturned bus was then sideswiped by a semi-truck.

Sheriff’s officials say excessive speed was not a factor.

The investigation’s final results are to be provided to prosecutors in about two weeks.

The bus was travelling from Denver to El Paso, Texas. Two dozen people were injured.

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