Police: Legacy High bus that crashed at DIA had no mechanical issues

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DENVER — The Legacy High School bus that crashed earlier this month at Denver International Airport had no signs of mechanical issues, the Denver Police Department said Wednesday.

“The mechanical inspection turned up no obvious precrash issues,” police spokesman Doug Schepman said in a statement. “The investigation is still ongoing otherwise. It’s still an open investigation.”

The bus driver, Kari Chopper, was killed in the crash and 18 others — 15 players and three coaches — aboard were injured.

Police still don’t know why the bus crashed into a pillar along an airport access road on Sept. 11. The bus was part of a convoy that was returning the varsity and junior varsity football teams to the school after a trip to Southern California for games.

An autopsy for Chopper has not been released. Her husband Josh Chopper said earlier this month that his wife had no existing medical conditions, and she did not use drugs or alcohol.

Bus drivers are required to pass a physical and the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district said Chopper passed hers in May.

“The investigation remains open because the autopsy report is pending and we still need to complete an interview with the driver’s husband,” Schepman said. “He’s aware of our need to speak with him, but from a timing standpoint, we are also trying to be respectful of the fact that the family is in mourning.”

Three coaches — Wayne Voorhees, Kyle Rider and Matt Kroupa — were seriously injured and were hospitalized after the crash. The 15 players suffered minor injuries.

Voorhees and Rider spent two days in the hospital. Kroupa remains in the hospital. Voorhess is returning to practice this week and will coach Legacy’s game on Friday against Overland.

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