Toxicology test comes back negative for truck driver involved in Normal West bus crash

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said the man driving the semi truck that struck the Normal West school bus in December had a negative toxicology test.  

Wednesday, Harwood said Ryan E. Hute, 34, of Iowa, had no substance in his system other than caffeine. In other words, the toxicology testing was negative.  

Based on the facts of the investigation, his manner of death was ruled accidental, the coroner said. 

The crash occured on I-74 between Downs and Bloomington on Dec. 5, 2018. Officials said 72-year-old Charles Crabtree of Normal was riding on the school bus when he died. 

The bus was carrying 11 people involved with Normal West High School’s JV girls basketball team from a game at Champaign Central, with eight of the passengers being student athletes. 

Hute was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. that night at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. 

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