FMCSA shuts down another bus company

| 8/15/2008

Federal officials announced on Thursday, Aug. 14, that they’ve shut down the operation of a third Houston bus company in the wake of an Aug. 8 crash that killed 17 people in Sherman, TX.

A press release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Liberty Charter & Tours poses an “imminent hazard” to public safety. Liberty, like two other bus companies that had already been shut down, is controlled by businessman Angel de la Torre.

One of his buses – the one that crashed in Sherman – reportedly had a retreaded front tire that delaminated. According to The Dallas Morning News, de la Torre could face criminal charges if he or his employees were found to have falsified safety records.