Wrong-way driver involved in deadly EPISD charter bus crash had alcohol in his system

Scene the bus crash that killed an Irvin High School coach and injured students. (KFOX14)

The driver of the truck that crashed into a bus carrying El Paso Independent School District students and staff had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Transportation said.

The crash happened April 30 in Hudspeth County about 90 miles east of El Paso.

Gary Lawson, 51, of Hobbs, New Mexico, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he caused the head-on collision that killed Irvin High School track coach Arcadio “Archie” Duran.

Lawson also died in the crash.

The charter bus was carrying students and coaches from El Paso High School, Austin High School, Chapin High School, Andress High School, Irvin High School, Jefferson High School and Burges High School.

They were returning to El Paso from a regional track meet in Lubbock. Dozens were injured.

Records in Lea County, New Mexico, show Lawson was previously charged with careless driving in 2009. He pleaded no contest and was fined $231.

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