Insufficient lubrication is being blamed for a bus fire in
Texas that killed 23 people who were evacuating from Hurricane Rita in 2005.
That's the finding from the National Transportation Safety
Board, which completed its investigation last week.
The bus was carrying 44 residents of an assisted living facility,
as well as two staff members, when the right rear wheel hub caught fire as a
result of insufficient lubrication in the right side tag axle wheel bearing
The NTSB claims that Global Limo Inc., the company that
owned the bus, failed to conduct proper vehicle maintenance and pre-trip
In January, Global Limo owner James Maples received
probation for his company's involvement in the incident, down from a potential
sentence of up to two years in jail.
Maples was convicted of poorly managing his fleet, but was
acquitted on the more serious charge of falsifying drivers' logbooks.