Grand jury indicts tour bus driver in fatal 2015 crash

April 20, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a tour bus driver in a fatal 2015 Seward Highway crash.

Alaska State Troopers say 63-year-old Charles Curtis of Wasilla faces one count of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of felony assault and nine counts of misdemeanor assault.

Online court documents do not list his attorney.

Curtis on July 31, 2015, was driving a Premier Alaska Tours Inc. bus with 42 passengers from Seward to Anchorage.

Near Mile 80, he approached three vehicles stopped in the northbound lane. The lead vehicle was turning into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Troopers say the bus struck the third vehicle in line, a pickup towing a trailer.

The tour bus then collided with a southbound sport utility vehicle, killing 55-year-old driver John Zollner and injuring two passengers.

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