AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Yucaipa, California - Feb. 4, 2004
1. Wide of crash scene with bus and fire engine
2. Wide of bus with emergency workers nearby
3. Med of side of bus with blood and firemen nearby
4. Med of front of bus
5. SOUNDBITE: Officer Leon Lopez / California Highway Patrol (Transcribed Below)
6. Med of firemen walking past back of bus
7. Med of crushed pick up truck
8. Med of investigators and emergency workers and debris in road
9. SOUNDBITE: Robert Accetta / NTSB Investigator (Transcribed Below)
10. Med of workers attaching cables for towing and investigator
11. Med of policeman and front right tire of bus
12. AP Graphic of Deadly Bus Crash - and Safety Violations
13 Wide of bus and crane
14. Med of bus being lifted by crane
VOICE OVER SCRIPT:
FEDERAL SAFETY RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHOW THE TOUR BUS THAT CRASHED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUNDAY HAD A HISTORY OF BRAKE AND OTHER MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS.
NEARLY FORTY PEOPLE WERE ABOARD THE BUS -- HEADING BACK TO MEXICO FOLLOWING A DAYTRIP TO A RESORT AREA.
SOUNDBITE: Officer Leon Lopez / California Highway Patrol
as the bus started to come down the hill....the driver experienced a loss of control. During that loss of control, the bus....as it was coming downhill started to veer to the left....at which point it rolled on its side. During the rollover, there were passengers who were ejected.
THE DRIVER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THE BUS HAD BRAKE PROBLEMS.
AFTER THE ROLLOVER -- THE BUS WAS STRUCK BY A PICKUP TRUCK.
THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SENT A TEAM TO THE CRASH SITE.
SOUNDBITE: Robert Accetta / NTSB Investigator
Today, we looked at the damage to the motorcoach...and the other vehicles involved....two of the investigators involved are motorcarrier specialists....they will be going to the motor carriers side of business, they will be conducting a review of maintenance records...safety records and get a copy of the drivers qualifications file.
FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION RECORDS INDICATE THE BUS HAD NO CRASHES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.
BUT THEY SHOWED THE BUS RECORDED 22 SAFETY VIOLATIONS, INCLUDING BRAKE, WINDSHIELD AND TIRE PROBLEMS OVER TWELVE MONTHS -- STARTING IN OCTOBER 2011.
THE OPERATOR HAD RETAINED AN OVERALL "SATISFACTORY RATING" FROM THE GOVERNMENT, BUT HAD BEEN TARGETED FOR INCREASED INSPECTIONS DUE TO ITS MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS.
----------------------------SIG OUT --- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.