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Driver's fatigue is blamed for deadly tour bus crash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal investigator Monday said the driver of a tour bus involved in a deadly crash apparently had been driving all night without backup.

"We need to look at hours of service," said National Transportation Safety Board investigator Gary Van Etten. "What he did during the daytime hours would be of great interest to us so we could evaluate any possible fatigue that he might have had."

The crash Saturday along Interstate 55 north of Marion, Ark., killed driver Herbert Walters and 13 Chicago-area passengers on their semiannual trek to a Tunica, Miss., casino. The wreck occurred just before dawn, in a light mist, when the bus failed to follow a left-hand curve, left the roadway and flipped.