Houston Metro is terminating a "wrecker" driver who crashed into a car Tuesday, sending two vehicle passengers to the hospital.
One of the passengers, a 64-year-old woman, went into cardiac arrest at the hospital and died.
The operator, Gregory Clark, a 32-year Houston Metro veteran, failed an FTA-required drug and alcohol test following the accident. The wrecker was in service but was not hauling a bus at the time.
Houston Metro police is working with the Harris County District Attorney's office to determine if appropriate criminal charges could be filed based upon the DA's investigation.
"Metro is deeply saddened by yesterday's event and we will take whatever additional actions are needed," said Acting President/CEO George Greanias. "This incident is not indicative of Metro's safety-conscious workforce. We will not compromise when it comes to protecting our passengers and the public."