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February 5, 2013

UPDATE: 7 killed in Calif. coach collision, bus had repeated citations

UPDATE: LOS ANGELES — The AP reported that the bus that crashed on a Southern California mountain highway, leaving seven dead and dozens injured, had a history of brake and other maintenance issues that attracted increased scrutiny from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The bus had received eight violations by safety inspectors in October. For the full story, click here.

LOS ANGELES — Reuters reported that at least eight people died and dozens were injured when a tour bus collided with a pickup truck on a Southern California highway on Sunday. Many passengers were ejected in the accident.

A patrol spokesman told Reuters that the bus was operated by Scapadas Magicas, a tour company based in National City, Calif. For the full story, click here.

Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching a go-team to investigate the accident. NTSB highway safety investigator Robert Accetta will serve as the investigator-in-charge and will be accompanied by investigators with expertise in motor carrier operations and survival factors.

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