TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A preliminary accident report from the Tyler Police Department confirmed that the pickup that was involved in a fatal crash with a charter bus on Toll 49 on March 10 crossed the center line and struck the other vehicle head-on.
The Tyler Police Department released the accident report on Wednesday.
According to Tyler police, Jeffrey Dalton Aynesworth, 22, of Rusk, and Payton Joseph Raymond, 24, of Flint, were killed in the wreck. Both men were occupants in the pickup.
Dunklin pronounced the two men dead at the scene. The report stated that neither man was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and that Aynesworth was partially ejected from the vehicle.
Justice of the Peace, Andy Dunklin requested to have the bodies transported to Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Tyler. Autopsies were ordered, and Don Martin, a spokesman for the Tyler Police Department, said they are still waiting for the preliminary autopsy and toxicology reports.
According to the accident report, Aynesworth was driving a gray 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup east on Toll 49 when he crossed the center line, and his vehicle struck the front left side of the westbound charter bus, which was driven by Samuel Niskak Otung. Both vehicles wound up going off of opposite sides of the road, according to the report.
The wreck occurred at about 4:11 a.m. on March 10, according to the Tyler Police Department.
The other vehicle, a 2010 ECO Charter Bus was loaded with 32 people - 1 driver, six adults, and 25 students ranging in age from 14 to 60. The group, which was from Brook Hill School, was returning from Orlando, Florida.
A total of five occupants of the bus, including the driver, two adults, and two students were transported to UT Health - Tyler by EMS for treatment of minor injuries.
According to a previous East Texas News story, investigators are working with ECHO Bus Company officials to retrieve the video footage from the front windshield of the bus as the investigation continues.