- Associated Press - Monday, October 4, 2010

BETHESDA, Md. | Maryland State Police say an autopsy reveals the driver of a bus that crashed last week on Interstate 270, injuring 11 passengers, was suffering a heart attack.

Police say 66-year-old Joseph Clabaugh, of Hanover, Pa., died of a heart attack and not from injuries in the crash. The autopsy results were released Monday.

Passengers have told investigators that Clabaugh appeared to be sweating profusely before the crash last Wednesday. One passenger asked Clabaugh if he was OK before the driver appeared to pass out and slump over the wheel.

The mini-coach bus with 11 passengers plunged off an elevated ramp on Interstate 270 in Bethesda, rolled down the tree-covered embankment and came to rest with only a jersey barrier keeping it from falling into traffic below.

 



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