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U.S. Blames Speed in Bus Crash

May 12, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A bus driver's failure to maintain proper speed probably caused the accident nearly a year ago in which a Starline Sightseeing Tours bus careened off a mountain highway into a river, killing 21 elderly passengers, most from Santa Monica, Calif., near the California-Nevada border, a federal investigation concluded today.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it found no clear evidence that the crash, the second worst bus accident in the nation's history, might have been caused by a mechanical failure, as the driver has alleged.

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