The driver in a two-vehicle crash that killed two people in East Boston early Wednesday morning, is now the focus of a criminal investigation, according to sources.
The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. on Route 1A northbound, about a half-mile after the exit of the Ted Williams Tunnel.
Police said the crash involved a Subaru Legacy driven by a Swampscott manand a Hampton Inn shuttle taking people to and from Logan Airport.
Police said the Subaru struck the rear of the van, causing the van to veer and strike two barriers.
Two passengers of the van, 59-year-old Joseph A. Rodriguez and 47-year-old Sandra L. Arreola, both from El Paso, Texas, were both ejected from the van and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Three other victims from the bus were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, all with non-life-threatening injuries, while the Subaru's driver was taken to Tufts Medical Center with injuries described as "non-incapcitating."
Sources say the driver of the Subaru, whose name has not been released, is not cooperating with investigators. Search warrants have been issued for his blood, since impairment from alcohol or drugs is suspected.
The Hampton Inn released a statement regarding the incident later in the day:
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all who have been impacted. We are cooperating fully with police authorities," read the statement.
The crash remains under investigation.