Police ID driver in bus plunge as 73-year-old with experience

Police ID driver in bus plunge as 73-year-old with experience

Credit: Michael Humphries / KENS 5

Police ID driver in bus plunge as 73-year-old with experience

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by Kens5.com staff

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Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:06 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Authorities have identified the occupants aboard a San Antonio Independent School District bus that plunged off an overpass in downtown San Antonio on Thursday.

San Antonio police identified the driver as Elisha Owens, 73; the school aide as Vilma Pena, 46; and the student as Louis Zamaipa, 7.

All three miraculously suffered only non-life threatening injuries.

According to records obtained by the KENS 5 I-Team, Owens has been working for the San Antonio ISD for 16 years and has had a clean driving record since at least 2007. The district did not keep electronic records before 2007.

Owens allegedly lost control of the bus after colliding with another vehicle on I-37 north around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The bus crashed through the barrier and landed on the access road below -- about half a mile north of the Alamodome.

Leslie Price, spokeswoman for the San Antonio ISD, said she can now only confirm that the driver was wearing a seatbelt. She had previously told KENS 5 that all three occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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