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Crash Injures 17 Tulare Tour Bus Passengers
Fronteras Del Norte Tour Bus Involved in Crash
A bus trip was abruptly ended after the Tulare Tour bus crashed into a truck in Central Valley late Monday night. Fronteras Del Norte, the tour bus company, runs a regular shuttle route up and down the West Coast. This bus was making it’s routine trip to Yakima when the tour bus rear-ended a big rig due to the semi all of a suddenly hitting it’s brakes. There were thirty-six passengers board the bus when it crashed late Monday.
In the November report of “safety of tour buses” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave the Fronteras Del Nore the worst rating for bus maintenance. This caused the company to be put on”alert status”. According to a December 2013 report, the company has had multiple serious violations over the last year. These violations include, vehicle maintenance and hours of service violations.
An hours of service violation can be violations that means they let their drivers drive beyond the fourteen hours allowed or that the driver did no retain his last week work of driving logs.
This accident injured seventeen people. They were all sent to the hospital after the accident. According to California Highway Patrol, the rest of the passengers also complained of pain however they did not need to seek medical attention. All the injuries that occurred on the Tulare Tour Bus accident were deemed as minor.
Since an accident in February 2013 which killed seven people on the bus and the driver of a truck, which happened due to faulty brakes, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has really cracked down on the United States Department of Transportation.
The public has grown pretty agitated about the continued use of unsafe buses. A highway Official states that these unsafe buses need to be stopped before a crash occurs, not after.
In the Fronteras Del Norte‘s case the company has been cited for several things, one of those violations is operating with non-functional lights. The owner of Fronteras Del Norte, Joel Lopez has even admitted that in the past, his buses could have been better maintained.
A total of seventeen passengers were injured in the Tulare tour bus accident. They are all being assesed by medical personnel before they are released from the hospital.
Aguirre Morris & Severson LLP