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Driver of bus in fatal Texas crash involved in 1998 fatality

First responders are on the scene of a Cardinal Coach Line charter bus accident on Hwy. 161 in Irving, Texas on Thursday morning, April 11, 2013. Authorities say at least two people are dead and several injured after the chartered bus overturned. (Associated Press: TOM FOX/The Dallas Morning News)

The Associated Press

4/12/2013

DALLAS  — The driver of the bus that swerved off a North Texas highway, leaving two passengers dead and dozens injured, was at the wheel in another fatal accident 15 years ago.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed Friday that the driver in the accident was 65-year-old Loyd Rieve.

Authorities are investigating what caused the Cardinal Coach Line bus to veer across the highway Thursday and into the center median in Irving. Forty-six passengers were aboard on their way to an Oklahoma casino.

Court records show Rieve was working for another company in 1998 when the bus he was driving struck and killed a man rendering aid to a woman whose car had crashed.

A lawsuit filed by the man's family resulted in a jury finding that Rieve's employer was negligent.

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