Officials mum on bus crash probe [Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. :: ]
(Desert Dispatch (Barstow, CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 08--FORT IRWIN -- Nearly a week after the fatal bus crash on Fort Irwin Road, officials have yet to release additional information regarding the accident.
Barstow resident Dail Keiper, a passenger, was killed in the Monday morning accident and eight others were injured. A Victor Valley Transit Authority bus, serving commuters to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, hit a tractor trailer that was stopped without lights on in the dark in the right lane of Fort Irwin Road, according to VVTA Executive Director Kevin Kane.
Last week, Kane said because of the crash impact, the video from six cameras on a DVR located on the bus would not play. Kane said he contacted the DVR manufacturer for assistance in viewing the video, but no date was set for the manufacturer to meet with VVTA and Fort Irwin officials. In a text message Friday, Kane said information on a specific meeting date was not available.
Kane, who was out of state, said further information regarding the crash was also not available.
Because the accident occurred on federal land, the crash is being investigated by the Fort Irwin Department of Emergency Services. However, it has released precious little information. There has been no estimate of how long the investigation will take and no comment on whether any of the injured have been released from the three hospitals where they were taken.
Fort Irwin Director of Public Affairs Pamela Portland said Friday she had no additional information.
"I can't give you anything I don't have," Portland said. "The crash is currently under investigation by the Fort Irwin Department of Emergency Services and we will release information as soon as we have it."
A memorial service for Keiper will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barstow Senior Center, 555 Melissa Ave.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @JoseQuinteroDD.
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