Fatalities, injuries among three recent bus wrecks

| 8/11/2008

Three bus wrecks over the weekend resulted in at least 20 fatalities and dozens of injuries.

A reportedly unlicensed charter bus crashed on Friday, Aug. 8, killing 17 passengers.

Iguala BusMex was taking a charter group of 55 Vietnamese Catholics to a religious festival Friday in Missouri when one of the bus’s retreaded tires blew, causing the bus to hit a guardrail and tip over in Sherman, TX. Seventeen people were killed and dozens were injured, the Houston Chronicle reported.

According to the Chronicle, Iguala BusMex Inc. recently filed incorporation papers with the same owner and address as Angel Tours Inc., which was taken out of service in June after a safety review.

Iguala BusMex was taken out of service Aug. 9, under the category “imminent hazard.”

Three people were killed Sunday night when a bus with more than 40 passengers overturned near Tunica, MS.

On Sunday night, 29 people were injured –four critically – when their bus crashed five miles out of Las Vegas, according to CNN.

Crash investigators said the bus veered left and hit a guard rail that ripped the bus’ tires off, injuring the company employees. Tire tread was found in the road near the scene.