- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Gillette bus driver accused of killing three people after a crash last year in a construction zone will avoid prison after pleading guilty to reduced charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1UfLbTa ) that Rhoda Steel pleaded guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor vehicular homicide charges. She initially faced charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, which carried lengthy prison sentences.

Steel was driving a bus in May 2014 when she struck a line of cars stopped for construction on a highway near Gillette.

Killed in the crash were Colin Schultz, 37, Charles Errington, 55, Christopher Joubert, 40.

According to court documents, Steel told investigators she was not paying attention to the road prior to the crash.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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