A Utah truck driver was traveling too fast and his brakes hadn't been properly maintained when he rear-ended a tour bus March 29 near Barstow, killing a Westminster man and another person and injuring 34 others, a California Highway Patrol investigator said Thursday.
The driver, Terry Gene Marks, 41, was traveling between 60 and 70 m.p.h. and "made no evasive action whatsoever" when his flatbed truck struck the rear of the bus, traveling between 45 and 55 m.p.h. on a down slope of Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada state line, CHP Capt. Bob Hayworth said.
Hayworth said his 196-page report will be forwarded to the San Bernardino County district attorney's office, where authorities will decide whether to file charges against Marks.
Two of the passengers, Pedro Benitez, 51, of Westminster, and Frank Boris, 45, of Carson, were killed when they were flung through the bus windshield. They were among 39 TWA employees and family members aboard the chartered bus bound for a weekend in Las Vegas.