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Earlier crash to blame for axle that fell off Oklahoma City school bus

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An initial investigation shows an Oklahoma City school bus may have lost an axle because of an earlier collision.

The 2016 Freightliner Thomas C-2 model bus was traveling north on May last month. The axle fell off when the bus was about to turn onto N.W. 63rd St.

A spokesman for the school district says a U-bolt failed.

Midwest Bus Sales, which sold the vehicle to the district, says it believes the accident was related to an earlier repair.  The district said the same bus was involved in a minor collision in January.

The vendor says it believes the August accident was an “isolated incident” and the district’s 13 other similar buses are unaffected.

A full investigation still needs to be completed.

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