EPPD: Alleged distracted bus driver arrested, charged in US54 deadly wreck

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Sunday afternoon, officials with the El Paso Police Department announced the arrest of the driver of a passenger bus, who was allegedly distracted by his cell phone when he struck a stalled truck, killing one person.

According to EPPD, the wreck happened at 7:35 p.m Saturday night, as a 1996 Chevy S-10 pickup truck was stalled in the second lane of US54 North, near the Cassidy Gate exit, with both a driver and passenger inside.

The truck was then struck by a Los Paisanos Lines bus, driven by 52-year-old Guadalupe Alonso Maciel. According to witnesses the truck did have the emergency flashers on.

The investigation through witnesses found that the bus driver, 52-year-old Guadalupe Alonso Maciel, was looking down at his cell phone and failed to see the hazard.

Alonso was arrested and charged with Manslaughter (2nd Degree Felony) and Aggravated Assault (2nd Degree Felony).

Magistrate Judge Jon Joseph issued Alonso a total bond of $275,000

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Police say the passenger in the pickup truck was killed in the crash, and the driver was critically injured; neither have been officially identified.

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