Mourners pray at Sherman bus crash site

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities moved to shut down the companies that have been linked to the charter bus that crashed Friday, killing 17 passengers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Iguala
BusMex and Angel Tours Incorporated to cease commercial operations.
The agency issued a second order finding that the activities of the
companies' owner and president, Angel De La Torre, "in connection
with motor carrier operations pose an 'imminent hazard' to the
public."

Authorities also announced that an Iguala BusMex bus was pulled out of service at the religious festival in Carthage, Missouri, because it was unauthorized to operate.

Meanwhile, the 52-year-old driver of the death bus, Barrett Wayne Broussard, remained in critical condition at a Sherman hospital.

His driving record includes citations for driving while intoxicated in 2001 and for speeding in May 2004 and March 2007.

Federal officials say his license was suspended for two months in 2001 because of the DWI conviction in Harris County.

Broussard failed roadside inspections twice last year. Inspectors pulled his bus out of service both times.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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