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Appalling movie shows truck swerving across the road before it plowed into church bus and killed thirteen as former football player driver, 20, ‘admits he was TEXTING the entire time’
By Dailymail.com Reporter and Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail.com and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com 13:Legal BST one Apr 2017, updated 20:16 BST one Apr two thousand seventeen
- Freshly released movie shows moments before tragic Texas Wednesday
- Witness said he recorded while calling authorities to get driver off the road
- Jack Dillon Youthfull, 20, was identified as the driver of the Dodge pickup truck
- The accident happened in Uvalde County, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon
- Footage shows the truck going erratically in inbetween lanes before the crash
- The truck collided with a bus carrying elderly churchgoers back from a retreat
- The driver of the bus, retired teacher Murray Barrett, and eleven passengers died at the scene while another died later at the hospital
Horrifying fresh footage shows a truck swerving across a Texas road moments before it plowed into a church bus, killing thirteen people.
Witness Jody Kuchler, 55, said he recorded the movie while calling authorities in an attempt to get the driver off the road.
The clip, published by My San Antonio, shows the White Dodge pickup truck recklessly swerving across the lanes, almost causing several crashes before the deadly incident Wednesday.
Kuchler kept recording for twenty minutes, remaining at a safe distance behind the vehicle, which authorities said was driven by 20-year-old Jack Dillon Youthfull in Uvalde County.
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‘He kept going off the road and over into incoming traffic,’ Kuchler told KENS5. ‘There was a duo of cars and trucks that actually got off on the shoulder.’
Audio of calls obtained by KSAT exposes how Kuchler attempted to alert authorities about the driver’s behavior.
‘He’s going to hit somebody head on or he’s going to kill his own damn self. Somebody needs to get this man off the road,’ the witness can be heard telling.
‘He’s going like eighty miles an hour right now,’ he later added.
The witness told KENS5 that authorities in neighboring Real County had declined to send help because the truck, which was approaching Real County, was still in Uvalde County.
‘His response was, “It’s not in Real County,” Kuchler said, recounting the conversation.
The audio published by KSAT includes a conversation with a dispatcher at the Real County sheriff’s office telling, ‘That’s going to be Uvalde County, Tormentor.’
A frustrated Kuchler can be heard replying and highlighting the urgency of the situation, telling the driver was ‘all over the road’.
‘We’re talking about safety. Somebody needs to get this man off the road,’ the witness said.
He had stopped recording when the head-on collision occurred moments later. Kuchler previous said Youthful had apologized and admitted he was texting at the wheel.
Kuchler recalled on Friday: ‘He said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.” I said, “Son, do you know what you just did?” He said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”‘