Claims Journal-David Warren-April 24, 2013-According to the article a driver involved in a fatal North Texas bus crash told authorities he may have blacked out in the moments before the bus careened off the roadway and hit a concrete barrier. Reports by the Texas Department of Public Safety said the 65-year-old driver indicated he may have lost consciousness. There was no defect with the Cardinal Coach Line bus. The driver was cited for failure to maintain his lane and his attention while at the wheel.
There indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. The bus was taking a group of senior citizens to a casino in Oklahoma. The article goes onto say that two people were killed and more than 40 hurt in the immediate aftermath of the crash. A third passenger died Sunday. The driver suffered three broken ribs in the accident and remembered only a little bit about it.
One passenger died Sunday from injuries sustained in the crash that included multiple fractured vertebrae, broken ribs and a crushed sternum, said a Dallas attorney who filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the driver and Cardinal Coach Line. The passenger had been hospitalized since the accident, and her arm had been amputated.
According to court records, the driver was driving for another company in 1998 when he struck and killed a man who was trying to render aid at an accident scene on a highway near Dallas. A Dallas County grand jury declined to indict the driver on a charge of negligent homicide stemming from the collision, but driver and his employer still faced two lawsuits claiming they were negligent.
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