FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the two people killed in Thursday morning’s Irving bus crash had helped organize the deadly trip. For the past ten years, 81-year-old Sue Taylor has planned trips for seniors. She was affectionately known as “Casino Sue,” and friends say every month she would have a charter bus take her and a group of seniors from North Texas to an Oklahoma casino.
Friends described Sue as a firecracker. On the bus rides, she would entertain the passengers with games and cookies, according to her daughter. Marsha Taylor said she was initially told her mother survived the crash.
“I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I need to get in the car and drive to every hospital in the city. I don’t know what to do,” Marsha told CBS 11’s Brian New as she searched for her mother, who was missing at the time.
However, after searching for hours at various hospitals for her, Marsha learned her mother did not survive.
Paula Hahn, 69, was also killed in the single vehicle accident along the 161 Bush Turnpike in Irving.
42 others were injured, including the bus driver, 65-year old Lloyd Rieve. The impact of the crash sent him through the bus’ front windshield.
His granddaughter, Ashley Rieve says he has been driving trucks and big buses for more than 20 years.
“He’s a very, very loving kind person. Everybody leaned on him. He’s the rock of our family,” said Ashley. “It’s weird. I wouldn’t expect anything like this to happen and it’s just crazy.”
At last check, Rieve was in Intensive Care at Parkland Hospital.
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