State Police say the driver of the coach bus that crashed into a wooded area off Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County back in September 2021 will not face any criminal charges.
According to information released Friday, police say their investigation into the crash determined the driver of that coach bus suffered a medical emergency which caused him to lose control of the bus.
There were 30 members of a religious choral group on board that coach bus on Sept. 19, 2021. They were headed home on I-81 South when the driver, 37-year-old Adam Wright, of Lancaster, lost consciousness behind the wheel.
As the motorcoach he was driving approached Exit 112 in Foster Twp., the bus hit the exit sign on the side of the road and then continued on an horrific path into a wooded area off the ramp area of the highway.
The bus continued south, police say, on the grass area between the highway and exit ramp. It then crossed over the ramp and onto another grassy area before moving straight across Route 25.
After crashing through the center median of Route 25, the bus hit a dirt embankment and went airborne into a wooded area. Upon impact in the woods, Wright was ejected from the bus, causing him to suffer serious injuries. Passengers on the bus also suffered serious injuries and were taken to several nearby hospitals for treatment, either by personal vehicles, ambulances, or medical helicopter.
Police say video evidence shows Wright suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel and they won’t be charging him with any offenses.