Charter bus company hit with a new lawsuit

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FORT WORTH -- A woman injured in last week's bus crash where two passengers died is suing Cardinal Coach Line Inc. alleging the company and the driver were negligent.

Patricia Ruth Markham filed the lawsuit in Tarrant County civil court Wednesday. She was released from Parkland Hospital in Dallas late Wednesday afternoon, said her attorney, Jeff Gooch.

Markham was among the last bus passengers released from the hospital, he said.

"She is still very emotional about it (the crash)," Gooch said. "She finds it really difficult to speak about what happened."

The bus was bound for the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., when officials say it veered across Texas 161 in Irving, flipping on its side after striking a concrete barrier. The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

Matt and Teresa Biran, who are listed as owners of Cardinal Coach Line Inc., of Mansfield, did not return calls or emails from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.

Markham, who does not gamble much, was traveling to be with friends and to visit her first great grandchild who was born recently near Durant, Gooch said.

She was part of a card club made up of retired Bell Helicopter employees who were on the bus, but Gooch said he didn't know if Markham was a retiree from the company. She boarded the bus in Hurst.

Markham alleges that the driver, Loyd Rieve was negligent because he failed to control his speed, apply the brakes, and he failed to inspect the bus before operating it. Markham also alleges that the bus company did not properly inspect the bus before operating it and that the Mansfield-based company hired "incompetent, unfit" employees.

The company also failed to install "proper parts" including tires, according to the lawsuit.

Markham is also seeking damages from the bus company including medical expenses, pain and suffering and mental anguish.

Charlotte Reed, 74, filed a lawsuit in Dallas County earlier this week. Reed suffered three broken ribs.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

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