2 from El Paso killed when shuttle bus, car crash in Boston

Two people from El Paso were killed Wednesday morning when their hotel shuttle was rear ended in Boston. Video courtesy of WBZ.Thumbnail

Massachusetts State Police say two Texas residents died when the hotel shuttle bus they were on was rear-ended by a car near Logan International Airport in Boston.

A police spokesman says Joseph A. Rodriguez, 59, and Sandra L. Arreola, 47, both from El Paso, were ejected from the bus on Route 1A north in East Boston at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The shuttle van's driver, two other passengers -- including a 57-year-old El Paso woman -- as well as the driver of the car were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

KFOX14 spoke with a neighbor of Rodriguez who said all his neighbors loved him.

"If you needed any help he would always come and assist," said Roxana Epps, who lives across the street Rodriguez. "We're very sorry this has happened to Jose...I don't even know what else to's hard to believe."

Neighbors told KFOX14 Rodriguez, his wife and friends were going to go see Niagra Falls. They also said he served in the military 30 years ago.

"We take for granted that we're going to continue seeing someone...and this case we're not going to see him anymore," Epps said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the car exited the Ted Williams Tunnel and was traveling north when it struck the rear of the bus owned by the Hampton Inn, which had just entered 1A north from the airport.

The investigation is ongoing.

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