Church bus driver speaks about fatal crash

(Photo Provided/Hancock County Jail)

HANCOCK COUNTY (WISH) – The driver of the church bus that crashed on Interstate 70 appeared before a judge on Tuesday.

Charles Goodman was behind the wheel of last week’s deadly bus crash near Greenfield and has been charged with reckless homicide and driving while suspended.

After his initial court appearance Goodman spoke on camera about some of the problems the bus had and what else went wrong the day of the crash.

Goodman said the bus had suspension problems, power steering problems and was overheating. He also said that he was not driving on an expired license.

24-Hour News 8 also asked him to describe what happened before the crash.

“The tires on the driver’s side blew up and the truck went sideways. Then we went into the ravine and that’s what happened. I had no control over the bus,” said Goodman.

Goodman was driving a group from the St. Jude Family Worship Center in Gary to religious convention in Ohio.

Court records state that the driver, Charles Goodman, told authorities he feel asleep behind the wheel and when he woke up, he was too close to avoid striking a tree.

6-year-old Jacob Williams died as a result of the crash.

Goodman suffered a broken arm and a fractured jaw during the crash. Officials said according the evidence, Goodman hit two trees before the bus flipped and caught on fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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