Driver in bus wreck also drove in '98 fatal crash

Driver in North Texas bus accident that killed 2 also drove in fatal accident in 1998

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Driver in bus wreck also drove in '98 fatal crash
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A fatality is rolled away as emergency responders works the scene of bush crash on the George Bush Turnpike Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Irving, Texas. The chartered bus overturned on the busy highway near Dallas on killing at least two people and injuring several others, authorities said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) -- 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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