Official: Bus operator up-to-date on inspections, driver safety checks

2013-03-16T21:57:00Z 2013-03-17T13:25:36Z Official: Bus operator up-to-date on inspections, driver safety checksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 16, 2013 9:57 pm  • 

A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver and injuring numerous others.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed just before 9 a.m. No other vehicle was involved, and police couldn't immediately say what caused the crash.

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., is up-to-date on its inspections, which include bus and driver safety checks, said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the state Public Utility Commission, which regulates bus companies.

The agency's motor safety inspectors could think of no accidents or violations involving the company that would raise a red flag, she said, though complete safety records weren't available Saturday.

“There is nothing about this company that raises red flags,” Kocher said. “It is a little early, but we (the PUC) will be looking into it.”

Kocher added she had no access to agency records on Saturday.

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