Nearly 30 Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Tour Bus Company that Crashed near Turrell

FEBRUARY 17, 2005 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorneys for the Chicago tour bus company whose motorcoach crashed in Crittenden County killing 15 people say the owner had no idea anything was wrong with the roof before the accident in October.  The bus full of Chicago residents was headed to Tunica, Mississippi, for a weekend of gambling and entertainment.

Earlier this week, federal safety officials found that the bus' roof was corroded due to shoddy repairs made two years before the bus crashed.  The roof peeled upward during the crash, allowing the force of the accident to throw 29 of the 30 people aboard into a grassy area near an exit ramp.

According to lawyers, 27 claims have been filed against the company in both Arkansas and Illinois.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)