A federal agency has concluded a punctured tire that had lost too much air caused the fatal crash last year of an interstate bus in North Texas that was carrying Vietnamese Catholics from Houston to Missouri. The National Transportation Safety Board formally adopted the report of its investigation. The report contains 24 conclusions and a dozen new recommendations. It also reiterates five previous recommendations.
The NTSB said the August 8, 2008, crash and high death toll were caused by three things: a damaged front tire that failed; a guard rail on a bridge that was not substantial enough to keep the bus from veering off the road and toppling over; and the lack of safety protection for the occupants. The bus was owned by a Houston charter operation that had been ordered closed less than two months earlier by a federal safety inspector.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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