Bus company in deadly crash had poor safety record

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YUCAIPA, Calif. — A tour bus crash on a narrow mountain road near Yucaipa, Calif., on Sunday night that killed at least eight people and injured more than 30 others involved a bus company with a troubled safety record.

Tour bus crash

Credit: Los Angeles Times

At least eight people died and more than 30 were injured when the bus crashed on Highway 38 at about 6:30 p.m. while returning from a trip to Big Bear.

The bus bore a U.S. Department of Transportation identification number that linked it to Scapadas Magicas, a small company in National City, Calif., with three drivers.

The company has been cited repeatedly in recent years for problems, including brake and tire issues. Federal authorities said 75% of carriers in the same class have a better safety record.

As a result of the findings from roadside inspections, the U.S. Department of Transportation had placed Scapadas Magicas on a watch list that prioritized its buses for intervention and roadside inspection.

The driver of the bus in Sunday’s crash, as well as passengers, reported that the vehicle was experiencing mechanical problems when the accident occurred, authorities said.

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