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State Police investigating cause of rollover bus crash

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Shattered glass and busted out windows are left on a charter bus that's tilting to one side. It's the aftermath of a rollover crash on I-65 South near Henryville, Indiana, that sent 21 people to area hospitals. 

“To try and figure out what mechanical parts of the vehicle involved in the crash went wrong, if anything did go wrong,” Sgt. Phil D'Angelo told WDRB News of the investigation.

Reconstruction officials along with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of ISP will crawl under the bus and dissect the inner workings.

“They look at the brakes, make sure the bakes are working properly. Tires and tread depths, steering, lights,” said D'Angelo.

Speed and road conditions will also be taken into consideration when trying to find the cause of the crash that sent the Indiana Tech men's and women's bowling team to the hospital along with school reps and the driver. But D'Angelo says it's a lot easier said than done.

“The hardest part sometimes is you've got the puzzle 99 percent done, but you've got that one piece that you just can't find because it's not in the packaging when you start to put it together or there's some other factor that's not coming to light to allow us to complete the investigation,” said D'Angelo.

The report could take weeks to months before it's finished and released. Even then police might not have a definitive answer. D'Angelo says if that's the case, other factors will be looked at.

“The professionals at the hospitals will be able to shed light as to what the driver experienced prior to the crash and possibly a causational factor as to why the crash occurred,” said D'Angelo.

The 76-year-old bus driver, Rex Altenburg, and the coach's wife, Jeannine Secrist, are the only ones who remained at University Hospital as of Friday evening. Police say their conditions are listed as fair or satisfactory.

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