- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A woman accused of driving a bus full of coal miners through a construction zone and into a line of stopped cars - killing three Gillette men - has pleaded not guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/12qJZID ) 53-year-old Rhoda Steel entered her pleas Tuesday in the May 14 deaths of 37-year-old Colin Schultz, 55-year-old Charles Errington and 40-year-old Chris Joubert.

Steel is accused of driving a bus carrying 16 North Antelope Rochelle mine employees past 2,000 feet of warning signs leading to a Highway 59 construction site south of Gillette. According to court documents, she had set the cruise control on the 19-ton bus at 65 mph, and she did not hit the brakes until six seconds after the initial impact.

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


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