FEBRUARY 16, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal investigators say corrosion of roof supports on a Chicago-based tour bus contributed to an October accident that killed 15 people near Gilmore in Crittenden County. The bus headed from Chicago to a Mississippi casino for a weekend of entertainment.
A garage fire had damaged the Walters Charter & Tours motorcoach some time before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board says the roof was repaired poorly, with many misaligned rivet points.
During the October 9 crash, the bus' roof peeled upward, allowing the force of the accident to throw 29 of the 30 people aboard into a grassy area near an Interstate-55 exit. The bus' driver was among those killed.