Investigators: No cause determined in fatal Irving bus crash

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

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IRVING -- The bus that never made to the the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma sits in a secured garage at Jordan Towing in Plano.

It crashed Thursday morning on Highway 161 in Irving, injuring more than 40 passengers and killing two.

Shauna Well's mother, Marifranc Mathis, was on the bus, owned by Cardinal Coach Line in Grand Prairie. She suffered some injuries and is wearing a neck brace, but she is already recovering at home.

"Very fortunate that she is going to be okay," Wells said. "Her brain scan checked out. She's going to be okay. She was on the left hand side of the bus. We are very lucky that she was not at the bottom."

Wells showed up at Jordan Towing to pick up her mother's belongings.

"These are all of mother's things that were not in her purse," she showed us. "Oddly enough, the envelope that had her gambling money isn't here."

All the cash found in the bus has been turned over to Texas Department of Public Safety. TxDPS is investigating the incident, along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Teams of detectives are scattered all over North Texas, interviewing passengers and witnesses, reviewing videos and documents, and combing the bus for clues. The investigation may take months.

"At this point in the investigation, there is no one cause that is really standing out to the investigators, so they are going to look at everything," said Lonny Haschel from TxDPS.

News 8 went to Cardinal Coach Line's office to speak to the owners. No one came to the door. The company's attorney told us there would be no comments for now.

Back at Jordan Towing, family members of the survivors arrived throughout the day. Yolanda Rodriguez picked up some of her grandmother's keys, coat, and other items.

She said her grandmother, Anita Strange (who is recovering at home), switched seats on the bus to be closer to her friends.

"She is really sore, but we are there to help her," Rodriguez said. "All the family is getting together and everything, so we are very fortunate."

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