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Bus firms ordered to shut down

August 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A bus run by the same company linked to a deadly Texas crash and being used by pilgrims heading to the same festival as the 17 victims was pulled out of service because it was unauthorized to operate, officials said.

The bus was removed from operation in Carthage, Mo., where members of three Vietnamese Catholic congregations in Houston were headed when their bus blew a tire and skidded off the highway, said Debbie Hersman, spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Iguala BusMex Inc. and Angel Tours Inc. to cease commercial operations, finding that the companies posed an "imminent hazard." A second order issued to Angel De La Torre, owner and president of the Houston-based companies, found that his "activities in connection with motor carrier operations pose an 'imminent hazard' to the public."

The bus inspected in Carthage was registered to Iguala BusMex, Hersman said.

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