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A malfunction in the steering system of the car involved in a devastating school bus crash last week in Huntsville may have been a contributing factor in the accident said an official from the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday.

The investigator in charge, Gary Van Etten for the NTSB, said the 1990 Toyota Celica that crashed into the bus that was transporting Lee High Students to technical classes may have had a “mechanical problem.”

Police have said that the 17-year-old car driver, also a Lee High student, has been receiving death threats. While the investigation is ongoing the teen’s name will not be released but his parents are taking precautions to protect him.

“A fourth Lee High School student, 17-year-old Crystalle Renee McCrary, was laid to rest om Monday. Three others students were also killed when the school bus plunged off an I-565 overpass and fell nearly 30-feet to the street below.

Services were held for them Friday and Saturday. Two students, and the bus driver, Anthony Scott, remain hospitalized. Van Etten said Scott was ejected from the bus before it went over the edge of the overpass.”

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