IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Emergency crews responded to the scene of a overturned bus in Irving on Thursday morning. The incident happened shortly after 9:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike (State Highway 161), near Belt Line Road. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
CBS 11 has confirmed two people onboard that bus have died, including 81-year-old Sue Taylor, who organized the trip and 69-year-old Paula Hahn of Ft. Worth. The Texas Department of Public Safety also says the bus was driven by Lloyd Rieve. The 65-year-old man was transported to Parkland Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition.
“For an as yet undetermined reason, that motorcoach traveled off the right-hand side of the roadway and struck what’s called an impact attenuator, those big rubber things that are on the side of the road,” explained Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety. “After it struck the impact attenuator, it went back across the lanes of traffic into a grassy area and struck the concrete median. It rode up on top of that concrete barrier and it rolled on its right-hand side, where it came to a rest.”