Bus fire trial proceedings begin in Texas

| 9/25/2006

Jury selection was scheduled to begin in McAllen, TX, Monday, Sept. 25, in the criminal trial of the president of the now-defunct Global Limo Inc.

It was a Global bus that caught fire on Interstate 45 south of Dallas last year, killing 23 nursing home residents who were evacuating because of the threat of Hurricane Rita.

Global President James Maples is charged with conspiring to alter drivers’ logbooks to disguise hours-of-service violations. He is also charged with failure to inspect buses to assure their safety.

An over-heated bearing in a rear wheel well is believed to have caused the fire.

The bus driver, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was cleared of any charges in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors.

– By Reed Black, staff writer