Two people are dead after a charter bus crashed in Irving on Thursday morning on State Highway 161 near Belt Line Road.
The Cardinal Coach Line bus was headed to the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma.
"Casino" Sue Taylor, 81, and Paula Hahn, 69, were killed in the crash according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver in the Irving bus crash has been involved in a deadly accident before.
Loyd Rieve, 65, faced a criminally negligent homicide charge 15 years ago, according to court records. He was not indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.
Rieve and 11 others are still hospitalized this morning at Parkland Hospital, recovering from their injuries. Six are in ICU, six are on regular floors. Three other passengers have been released.
The National Transportation Safety Board is in North Texas and will investigate the accident along with troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Cardinal Coach Line is based in Grand Prairie and has no history of crashes and is compliant with federal regulations according to records.
Witnesses and survivors say the bus may have blown a tire.
People driving along the highway stopped their cars and rushed to help those just minutes after the crash.
"Most of the people we pulled out were in shock, they're just crying, we were just trying to get them out and calm them down," said Robert Hare, one of the people who stopped to help.
"It was just people stacked on top of each other and the bus, it was three seats and the aisle was on the bottom, so all three seats feel into the aisle and they're on top of each other," said Ed Cluck, another person who stopped and helped.
Emergency workers used the emergency exits on top of the bus to pull passengers from the vehicle.
At least 16 people suffered critical injuries from the accident. Forty people were on board.
Witnesses say many of those on board were not wearing seat belts.
Several fire departments from the surrounding area went to the scene to help the injured.
Careflight was called in to get to those with the most serious injuries.
Many of the injured were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving and Baylor Hospital in Irving.
A hotline has been established for family to call about Irving bus crash passengers - 972-721-INFO (4636).
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