New Information Concerning Fatal Bus Crash

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A tour bus driver fell asleep at the wheel before a crash on I-65 in south-central Kentucky last month in which he and a passenger were killed, a state police report said.

The bus driver, Abraham Parker, 63, of Birmingham, Ala., and passenger Carrie Walton, 71, were killed in the accident north of Bowling Green on June 25. Parker apparently dozed off and ran off
the road, striking an overpass support about 75 miles north of Nashville. Dozens of passengers were also injured in the accident.

An investigation revealed no mechanical or tire failures on the bus, the report said.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a "compliance review" of the company, authorities said. The review
will look at Parker's commercial driver's license and hours of service, company insurance records and the upkeep of the bus.

The 1987 model bus, made by Motor Coach Industries of Schaumburg, Ill., was returning members of an extended family from a family reunion in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Alabama.

Most were from rural Forkland, Ala., about 100 miles southwest of Birmingham. State police said there were 42 adult passengers, 23
children and two drivers on the bus when it crashed.

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