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Bus in fatal crash near Phoenix operated illegally

SACATON, Ariz.

bus in fatal crash operated illegally

The bus that rolled over on a busy interstate outside Phoenix, killing six people and leaving 16 others injured early Friday, was operating illegally, federal transportation officials said.

The operator of the bus — Tierra Santa Inc., of Van Nuys, Calif., — was told in April and December not "to engage in the interstate transportation of passengers," a Department of Transportation statement said. The statement didn't give a reason.

The bus was traveling from the central Mexican state of Zacatecas to Los Angeles. It entered the United States at El Paso, Texas, and was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 with 22 passengers when it hit a pickup. Two men and four women were thrown about 10 yards from the bus and killed.

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Times wires

Bus in fatal crash near Phoenix operated illegally

03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 11:28pm]

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