As officials investigated a Texas charter bus crash that killed two people and left dozens of others injured, reports surfaced Friday that the driver of the bus had been involved in a fatal crash 15 years ago.
Sue Taylor, 81, of Hurst, Texas, and Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth, were pronounced dead at the scene Thursday morning along the President George Bush Turnpike in Irving. Taylor was the one who organized the trip, according to local media reports.
Forty-two people -- many of them elderly passengers -- were transported to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. At Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital, six patients remained in intensive care Friday, including the driver of the bus. Four patients have since been released.
Driver Loyd Rieve, 65, who remained in critical condition, had been involved in a fatal crash in 1998, it was learned Friday. The Dallas Morning News reported that Rieve was driving a bus back from Oklahoma City when it struck and killed a man who was helping at an accident scene. The Associated Press, CNN and others also reported this Friday, citing court documents. The accident site is 10 miles from where Thursday's crash happened.
A preliminary investigation cleared Rieve of fault in that case, the Morning News reported, and a grand jury later voted not to indict Rieve on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.