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U.S. orders shutdown of bus company in Calif. crash

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, Associated Press Published: February 9, 2013

Inspectors said the company failed to have its vehicles regularly inspected before the deadly crash. When the buses were inspected, there were many violations, including multiple brake problems.

Vehicle maintenance violations were cited during 21 of Scapadas Magicas' 25 most recent vehicle inspections, and vehicles had to be placed out of service after 36 percent of the inspections, according to the order to cease operations.

In a January 2013 compliance review conducted by transportation regulators, breakdowns were identified in the company's safety management systems, but “Scapadas Magicas failed to take necessary action to remedy its safety management deficiencies,” the order said.

Calls to Scapadas Magicas' offices seeking comment Friday night were unsuccessful.

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