Federal officials announced Tuesday that the tour bus that crashed in Desert Hot Springs, killing 13, was out of compliance with vehicle safety standards because two of its eight tires did not have enough tread.
Officials released the findings after a preliminary examination of the motor coach body and wheels, said Earl F. Weener, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The tires were from various manufacturers, and did not meet Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection criteria.
The USA Holiday bus had been returning from a casino with 43 occupants, including the driver, when it collided Sunday into a big rig on the 10 Freeway in Desert Hot Springs.
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