LOS ANGELES — Authorities considered the accident was among the worst wrecks in So. California as it caused at least eight fatalities while it injured just as many. It happened on a Friday that made Fed authorities to rule that the owner of the tour bus immediately cease its operation. After inspection of their vehicles, they discovered that they were poorly maintained and their drivers were not properly qualified to operate a bus.
Administrators of Motor Carrier Safety promulgated the order that all the three Scapadas Magicas LLC buses of the National City, Calif. immediately ceased its operation for the continuing danger their bus threatened public safety.
The worthiness of the 1996 bus was proven when it was involved in the February 3 accident and the driver blamed as brake failure.
Being not well-maintained, it smashed against a sedan along the San Bernardino Mountains road located just east of Los Angeles. The bus carried 38 passengers, one driver and a tour guide; as it was going back to Tijuana.
At a post inspection conducted by regulators of the company, last Sunday, on their two other bus; it showed serious violations in its mechanical safety as it had various brake problems. Inspectors learned that the company did not undertake regular inspection of their buses before departure which may have been the main factor of the crash.
Last January, review was conducted in Scapadas Magicas to test compliance to the company’s management safety system and they again failed to take necessary steps. So their operation was made to stop.
On that dark day of February 4, 2013, a bus filled with tired tourists was winding its way back home to Tijuana from an enjoyable day spent at Big Bear skiing and snowboarding. As the vehicle was slowly going down a road from town Big Bear’s ski resort, suddenly, the vehicle accelerated its speed as the driver, out of control, screamed asking passengers to call 911 for the brake failed.
The bus went down-hill, hitting the back of a sedan along its path; then it swerved and turned as it slid to its sides. A Ford approaching the lane plowed into the fallen bus as passengers were thrown out from the broken windows before the vehicle stopped.
Seven people who died on the scene and three dozen sustaining both critical and minor injuries.
Seventeen victims were still in the hospital with one in critical condition.
The death toll from Sunday’s tour bus crash near Yucaipa has increased to eight after the driver of the pickup truck struck by the bus died Wednesday morning.
The coroner’s office reported that the fatality was 72- year-old Fred Bailey Richardson who expired at the University Medical Center of Loma Linda that Monday morning.
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