UPDATE APRIL 1, 2017 9:49AM: The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday.
Witness Jody Kuchler, 55, told The Associated Press he was driving behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the collision. Kuchler recounted his conversation with the 20-year-old truck driver.
"He said, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I was texting.' I said, 'Son, do you know what you just did?' He said, 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry,'" Kuchler recalled.
Kuchler first shared the account of what happened with the San Antonio Express-News, including cell phone footage leading up to the crash.
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ORIGINAL STORY: A fatal bus crash in central Texas has left 12 dead and 3 injured on Wednesday, according to affiliate Fox San Antonio. The incident occurred off Highway 83 North when a bus carrying seniors from the First Baptist church in New Braunfels collided with a heavy-duty pick-up truck.
WATCH | Rick Ballesteros of Uvalde stumbled upon the scene.
First Baptist in New Braunfels released two statements following the crash.
Senior Pastor Brad McLean's congregation gathered at the church for prayer and support Wednesday night, where he also addressed the media. He said his church needs prayer above anything else.
"They're coming together, they're crying together, praying together and of course there's anxiousness as to who was on the bus and what their condition is," McLean said. "There's just a lot of unknowns."
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