Federal Agency Shuts Down Bus Company Involved in Crash at Forrest City

DALLAS - A federal agency says a charter bus company involved in a crash that killed four people in Arkansas must immediately cease all operations.

The Tornado Bus Company poses an "imminent hazard to public safety."  That's according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which announced the out-of-service order yesterday.

The agency says that Dallas-based Tornado Buses must cease all operations because of its "unacceptable safety compliance" and "failure to adequately establish safety management systems."

Officials at Tornado did not respond to a phone message left by The Associated Press.

A Tornado bus carrying 47 people from Chicago to Dallas crashed along Interstate 40 near Forrest City, Arkansas, on November 25.  Three people on the bus were killed, as was the driver of a pickup truck that was struck.  More than 20 people were injured.

The company has been fined more than $60,000 since 2001 for numerous violations.

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