Tour Bus Company in Deadly Crash Ordered to Close

NEAR YUCAIPA, Calif. — Scapadas Magicas LLC, the company that owns the tour bus involved in the deadly crash Sunday on California 38 that killed eight people and left dozens injured, is “an imminent hazard to public safety” and must close immediately, federal officials said Friday.

“After the tragic crash earlier this week … investigators quickly inspected this carrier’s other two buses which had been operated on U.S. roads, and immediately shut them down,” Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in a news release.

“Today, we’ve officially blocked the company from conducting future operations in the United States,” Ferro said.

According to the release from the U.S. Department of Transportation, investigators “also found that the company had failed to ensure that its vehicles were systematically inspected, repaired and maintained, and that its drivers were properly qualified and licensed, contrary to information provided by company officials in January 2013.”

The tour bus had left Mexico on Feb. 3 for a trip to Big Bear. On the return trip, about 4 miles north of Yucaipa, the bus crashed on California 38, striking two other vehicles.

Seven passengers aboard the bus and one other person were killed.

Los Angeles Times

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10 comments

  • USAGuest

    …here is the result of companies putting dollars ahead of customer safety.

    Money first; safety second to last.

    It is this way with most companies not just tour bus companies but most if not all. Look at pharmaceutical companies for example…they have atrocious safety and health problems especially those companies that operate out of countries such as Mexico.

    Sad but true most big companies when they have problems simply pay the government for a waiver that lets them get away with violations.

  • kims

    uptil I saw the bank draft 4 $9574, I be certain …that…my father in law was trully taking home money part-time on their apple laptop.. there friend brother had bean doing this 4 only about 10 months and as of now repaid the morgage on their appartment and bought Mitsubishi Evo. I went here, http://xurl.es/ensjn

  • marlowpowell

    til I saw the paycheck which had said $9195, I did not believe that my sister had been actually earning money in their spare time at their laptop.. there aunts neighbour has been doing this for only about eight months and by now cleard the depts on there place and got a gorgeous Infiniti. go to,……… BIT40.ℂOℳ

  • 2BELBJJ

    That's the beauty of NAFTA:
    In the past, negligent company owners would have to flee to Mexico.
    Now they just set up shop there.
    When enough people die because of the company's negligence, close down the company, swap a few vowels in the title, and re-open.