Texas bus fire trial in hands of jury

| 10/3/2006

It’s up to the jury now in the trial of a Texas bus company operator who owned a bus that caught fire outside Dallas last year, killing 23 nursing home residents who were fleeing Hurricane Rita’s path.

The owner – former NFL football player Jim Maples – isn’t charged in connection with the deaths. But he is charged with failing to maintain buses, not requiring inspection reports from drivers and conspiring to lie on log book entries so that drivers could exceed their legal hours.

If convicted, Maples could face up to five years in prison and $1 million in fines.