Attorney: Video proves principal using phone when bus crashed here

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) An attorney alleges that an Oklahoma elementary school principal who was driving a bus that hydroplaned and crashed on a wet Central Texas highway was using his cellphone at the time, injuring more than two-dozen passengers.

Ty Bell, the principal of Cleveland Elementary School Principal in Norman, Okla., denies the allegation.

Attorney David L. Smith, who represents a girl critically injured in the crash, asked a judge to order Norman Public Schools to release a video he says will prove Bell was using his cellphone.

Smith says the Texas Department of Public Safety requested the video for its investigation, but says the district refused to cooperate.

The DPS listed speed as a factor in the Sept. 29, 2018 bus crash on U.S. Highway 281 near Lampasas that injured 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults traveling to Sea World in San Antonio on a field trip.

The DPS report says bus crossed into the wrong lane as the driver was negotiating a left hand curve on U.S. 281.

The report says the driver then overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle.

Officials say the bus rolled over and struck a fence.

Lampasas Police Department Assistant Chief Jody Cummings said the students suffered bruises, scrapes and some broken bones.