Feds shutter bus company in fatal Pa. crash

By Maryclaire Dale

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper climbs out of the emergency exit after looking over the damage caused to a tour bus carrying a group of Asian tourists that plowed into the back of a tractor trailer along the East bound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near milepost 95, about five miles east of the Donegal interchange, Monday, June 27, 2011. The driver of the bus was killed and nearly two dozen passengers were injured, officials said.

Greensburg Tribune Review, Sean Stipp, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Federal transportation officials have shut down a bus company involved in a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike after finding the two drivers never took required drug tests and falsified records.

The order cites Mr. Ho Charter Service of Bethlehem for drug- and alcohol-testing violations and failing to ensure its drivers comply with work-hour rules.

Authorities say the bus rear-ended a tractor trailer Monday in western Pennsylvania. They say the crash killed 39-year-old co-driver Bo Hua Tan of New York City and injured two dozen Asian tourists.

A man who answered the company phone Thursday and identified himself as Edward Ho says one bus in New York will be driven back and parked. He otherwise isn't commenting on the shut-down order.

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