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Bus in fatal crash had unsafe tread on tires, investigators say


2016.10.26 06:05

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. —  Four of the eight tires on a bus that crashed into the back of a trailer on Interstate 10 Sunday, killing 13 people, had unsafe tread levels, investigators said Tuesday.

During a preliminary investigation of the tour bus, which had been carrying people from Los Angeles to Red Earth Casino in Salton Sea Beach, investigators found that half of the bus tires had tread levels below the minimum level prescribed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an industry group.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said the low tread level could have resulted in the bus being placed out of service.

he 1996 motor coach, which did not have seat belts, was last inspected by California Highway Patrol officials in April and received a satisfactory rating. It also passed CHP inspections — which vehicles must receive every 13 months — in 2014 and 2015.

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