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Friends, Family Remember Victims Of Irving Bus Crash

Bud Gillett, CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) - The Texas Department of Public Safety and the federal National Transportation Safety Board continued to probe the bus wreck Thursday in Irving that killed two people and put 42 others in the hospital.

Investigators were interviewing witnesses and survivors Friday, while physically inspecting the bus and reviewing the crash scene.

Sue Taylor of Bedford was one of those who died.  Her daughter, Pamela Boynes of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida arrived at DFW Airport this morning and talked to reporters at Parkland Memorial Hospital.  She said her mother became “Casino Sue” about ten years ago when she learned she could organize bus trips and make a little money on the side.

“The phone was always ringing, the kitchen table was always covered with everything, she took trips all over Oklahoma,” according to Boynes, who added, “And we would call her house and she’d say ,’Hi, you have reached Sue; Casino Sue. I’m not in right now but if you’re interested, our next trip is..’ And she’d give them the details.”

Boynes said her mother made enough money to even take her and both daughters on occasional trips.  “She was funny, she was sharp, the three of us would go on trips together. And just laugh half the time…She should’ve been around a lot longer. And she would’ve kept it up, too. She would’ve kept it up.”

At Taylor’s mid-cities home, former neighbor Ken Hester continued to mow his friend’s yard Friday morning.

Hester is also a part-time handyman and even has a key to Taylor’s home.  He also occasionally dog-sits for Taylor’s beloved Katrina, even getting the pet groomed yesterday before he learned of his friend’s death.

“I was going to go on this trip but she didn’t have anybody to babysit the dog, so I said, ‘I’ll catch you on the next trip,’ he told CBS 11 News and mused, “Things happen and life goes on so I don’t know that …if I was on the bus? I just don’t know.  I’m glad I wasn’t on the bus, but I sure wanted to go.  Because she almost had me talked into going.”

In Fort Worth, another friend was cleaning up the yard in Paula Hahn’s home.   She declined to be interviewed, but told us she was a friend of mutliple generations of Hahn’s family, and that just this week she had hosted a celebration for them on the recent birth of Hahn’s great-grandchild.

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