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Bus driver in fatal crash also drove in ‘98 wreck

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, records show.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed Friday that Loyd Rieve, 65, was driving the bus that veered across the highway in Irving Thursday and into the center median with 46 passengers aboard.

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The crash occurred as a group of seniors was heading to an Oklahoma casino.

Court records show Rieve was driving for another company in 1998 when he struck and killed a man trying to render aid at an accident scene on a highway near Dallas.

A Dallas County grand jury declined to indict Rieve on a charge of negligent homicide, but Rieve and his employer still faced two civil lawsuits.

One lawsuit, filed by the family of the man who was killed, resulted in a jury finding that the Grand Prairie bus company was negligent for employing Rieve. However, the jury awarded no damages.

Paula Hahn, 69, and Sue Taylor, 81, died Thursday.

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