Fatal Bus Crash Kills High-School Sports Fans

A bus full of high school football fans rolled off a highway exit ramp early Saturday, killing the coach’s pregnant daughter and a 9-year-old boy and injuring the 37 other people aboard.

“It was horrible to see,” said police Detective Cliff Myers. “Did you notice how many people were injured? There were a lot of children on the bus. It was just terrible.”

Police took blood and urine samples from the driver, John Luther Flie, 49, though Trooper Dave Bursten said he showed no signs of impairment. Flie worked for Hammond-based Indianapolis Yellow Line Coach.

The bus was loaded with students, parents and other North Central High School football fans returning from a Friday night game at Jeffersonville High School, about 100 miles south of Indianapolis. North Central won, 31-30.

It rolled onto the driver’s side and slid 50 feet while rounding the curve of the ramp off Interstate 70.

The crash killed Julia Sombol, 30, who was six months pregnant, and 9-year-old Henry Thomas Rush. The fetus did not survive.

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