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Two Year Anniversary of Deadly Bus Crash Approaches

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SHERMAN, TX -- We are just days away from the two year anniversary of the most deadly accident to ever happen in Sherman, Texas. Deeda Payton sat down with some of the first responders from that day.    

On August 8th 2008, a tour bus carrying a group of Vietnamese-Catholics on a pilgrimage from Houston crashed on highway 75 near the Park Street exit. The crash killed 17 people and wounded several others.

The wreck tested our local emergency crews' response abilities and emotions as they worked to control the chaos and save lives. "When you have seventeen people die it not only impacts those people and their families it impacts the first responders. There's no doubt about it here's never been anything like that in Sherman," Sherman Police Chief, Tom Watt.

"Everytime I travel up highway 75 or see a tour bus I think back to that morning, the positives that come out of that and how far we still have to go," said Sherman Fire Chief, J.J. Jones.

The cause of the crash was determined to be a retreaded tire, but since then the National Transportation Safety Board has made huge strides in better investigating and regulating bus companies. However many experts say there will always be government oversight.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.