Indiana church bus driver: Vehicle had mechanical problems

Charles Goodman. (Photo/ABC 7 Chicago, WISH)
Charles Goodman. (Photo/ABC 7 Chicago, WISH)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) – The driver of a church bus that overturned near Indianapolis, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 others, says the vehicle had mechanical problems.

Fifty-three-year old Charles Goodman of Chicago told reporters Tuesday that the bus had problems with its suspension and power steering and was overheating.

Goodman is being held in the Hancock County Jail in Greenfield, Indiana.

He is charged with reckless homicide and driving with a suspended license. Goodman says his license was not suspended. A judge appointed a public defender for him Tuesday.

Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton says Goodman has admitted falling asleep at the wheel.

Goodman was driving a group from St. Jude Family Worship Center in Gary, Indiana, to a religious convention in Dayton July 28 when the crash occurred on Interstate 70. 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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