Bus in deadly Calif. crash had not been inspected
October 20, 2008
SACRAMENTO (AP) ” California Highway Patrol records show a charter bus that crashed earlier this month, killing nine, had not been inspected for safety as required under state law.
Vehicle inspection records released Monday reveal that the owner of the tour bus company, Daniel Cobb, did not tell CHP inspectors about the bus involved in the fatal Oct. 5 accident.
Two other tour buses operated by his business, Cobbs Coaches, passed safety inspections as recently as March.
The inspection records were released after The Associated Press and other news organizations filed public records requests.
Records released earlier this month by the California Public Utilities Commission, which issues permits for tour buses, showed that Cobb was authorized to operate just a single bus. Fran Clader, a CHP spokeswoman, says records indicate he was operating at least three.