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June 12, 1986 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
Proposed legislation to increase curbs on tour bus drivers with poor driving records breezed through its first legislative test Wednesday during an Assembly hearing characterized by sharp criticism of the state agency charged with overseeing the growing sightseeing bus industry.
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn has filed criminal charges against the owner of a tour bus company, alleging that the firm operated buses with such safety hazards as bad brakes, defective steering and worn-out tires. Naser Khorasani, owner of Pacific Tours & Charters, was charged Thursday with 195 violations of the state Vehicle Code, including 73 misdemeanors and 122 infractions, Deputy City Atty. Anita Marcks said.
July 22, 2000
One man was killed and five people were injured Friday when a tour bus and a car collided at an intersection after one of the vehicles apparently ran a red light, police reported. Neil Kindler, 29, of Long Beach, died at the scene of the crash about 12:30 a.m. at Atlantic Avenue and East 6th Street, said Officer David Marander, a police spokesman. Kindler was driving a 1991 Ford Escort east on 6th when it collided with a chartered bus going south on Atlantic Avenue, Marander said.
John Brown remembers that his tour bus full of British tourists zigged and zagged like "a Walt Disney ride" before flipping on its side and coming to a screeching halt in the middle of Nevada's high desert. "It's a nightmare," he told reporters Friday at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, about 200 miles north of the crash site near Tonopah, Nevada. All 41 people aboard were injured, some seriously. Twenty-two people remained hospitalized Friday, including Brown's 44-year-old wife, Audrey.
October 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
A tour bus swerved out of control on a rain-slicked highway and flipped on its side Saturday, injuring the 42 people aboard, authorities said. The bus was carrying 41 passengers and a driver when it overturned about 4 p.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue, said Robert Forbuss, president of Mercy Ambulance. The passengers and driver were taken to four area hospitals, although the worst injury reported was a pelvic fracture, Forbuss said.
September 10, 2004 | Sandra Murillo, Zeke Minaya and Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writers
Thunderstorms lashed Southern California deserts Thursday afternoon, triggering flash floods that apparently caused a tour bus to overturn on Interstate 15 near the Nevada border, injuring all 19 on board, six of them critically. Officials said the Las Vegas-bound bus was carrying tourists from Thailand when it skidded on wet pavement near Nipton Road, plunged down a 20-foot embankment and toppled onto its side. Ten people, including the driver, were thrown from the bus, said Sgt.
June 3, 1986 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writers
The driver of a tour bus that plunged off a winding road and into an eastern Sierra river last week, leaving 19 dead, has told authorities that he was traveling at well under the suggested speed of 40 m.p.h. when he heard a sound that he described as a "plop" and lost control. Ernst A. Klimeck told investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board that he was traveling at about 30 m.p.h.
August 13, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Jamie Dimon's getting-to-know-you bus tour of the West Coast, planned last spring, couldn't have come at a more awkward time for the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive. With financial shares flopping around like penny stocks, the Fed keeping interest rates near zero and fears of a global recession, it's not exactly a comfortable time for bankers. But Dixon — dressed in jeans and polo shirt — took to the tour this week from Seattle to San Diego like a head cheerleader.
September 15, 1985 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
A 7-year-old girl was crushed to death by a bus Saturday night in the main parking lot of Disneyland, Anaheim police said. Police said the girl was crossing the lot with a relative, searching for their car, when she fell into the side of a tour bus from Santa Barbara and was crushed by the rear wheels. The identity of the girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not released pending notification of her parents, according to Sgt. Larry Kurtz. The driver of the bus was not held.
April 22, 1988
A wayward bus driver had the owner of a tour bus company biting her nails this week after he and the vehicle disappeared. After a two-day absence, he called his employer Thursday to say he had parked the bus in Los Angeles and would not be returning it. Laura Poole, owner of Laura's Tours, which conducts sightseeing tours in Los Angeles and Orange counties, said one of her employees, John Bynum of Santa Ana, was last seen Tuesday afternoon driving out of Orange in the 25-passenger bus.
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