Kentucky Charter Bus Operator Didn’t Know Origin of Tires

January 24, 2014

Court documents show that the owner of a charter bus, which crashed in Louisville, Ky., and injured 23 students and adults, says he was unaware the vehicle had 11-year-old tires that came from a scrap bin.

The Courier-Journal reports Mike Goad made the comment this month while being deposed by an attorney representing a group of plaintiffs who sued after last year’s crash.

Four lawsuits were filed against Commonwealth Bus Service & Transportation Inc. after the bus loaded with high school students blew a tire on June 11 on Interstate 64 and hit a concrete median. The group was returning from a college campus visit.

The company was cited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in July for violations related to inspections and maintenance. It closed in November.

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