HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla - Authorities have completed the investigation into a tour bus crash in Highlands County that killed 5 people on board the bus. The accident happened in February near Lake Placid.
The investigation revealed the following:
- Both vehicles were in proper working order and did not contribute to the crash.
- Roadway characteristics and condition did not contribute to this crash.
- Both drivers were properly licensed with clean driving records.
- Vehicle 1 was stopped on Lake Francis Road at US 27 facing east. V-2 was northbound on US 27 in the outside lane approaching Lake Francis Road. Vehicle 1 moved into the center median divider of US 27. Driver 1 did not see the approaching Vehicle 2. Driver 1 turned north into the inside lane of US 27. Driver 1 then moved into the outside lane, into the path of Vehicle 2. Upon collision, Vehicle 2 entered the east shoulder and overturned ejecting several passengers.
-Driver 1 was cited for Improper Change Of Lane Or Course. This is a civil infraction that requires a mandatory court appearance.
-No criminal charges will be filed in this case.