Fred Mestaz, the 67- year-old Twin Transit driver who crashed his bus Wednesday into a Chehalis house, had a previous Twin Transit crash in 2004 when he plowed his bus over a South Pearl Street side-walk, over the landscaping and into the awning of the Bank of America building near Main Street in Centralia.
There were seven passengers aboard; no one was hurt.
Mestaz crashed Wednesday into a house at 137 S.W. 13th St. The house sustained damage to a basement wall. No one was hurt.
Following the 2004 crash, Mestaz was put on leave for six months and later returned to work when an extensive medical evaluation found nothing wrong with him, Twin Transit manager Ernie Graichen said.