Bus firm in crash tragedy 'breached regulations'
23 May 2006, MADRID — The bus company involved in a crash in which seven people died has been accused of regularly breaching safety regulations.
23 May 2006
MADRID — The bus company involved in a crash in which seven people died has been accused of regularly breaching safety regulations.
Sundus Travel, a Belgian company, is a "problem company", according to the Belgian Transport Ministry. The firm is accused of regularly breaching rest regulations for its drivers.
Ministry officials inspected Sundus Travel on 22 February and instructed the public prosecution to initiate legal proceedings against the firm.
But the public prosecution had not yet responded to the ministry request. The delays mean the firm's licence could not have been withdrawn prior to Sunday's tragedy.
The technical director of Sundus Travel, Christiane De Coster, has denied there were problems with the company.
She said the ministry recently inspected the firm and found that everything was in order.
She said the bus that crashed in Spain underwent a mechanical inspection on 5 May and was granted a six-month road worthiness certificate.
Meanwhile, Spanish police staged a reconstruction of the accident, concluding human error was to blame for the tragedy.
The bus driver claims the crash was caused by a burst tyre, but police allege the flat tyre was not the cause of the accident and was instead a result of the accident.
It is alleged the bus ran off the road due to a lapse in concentration from the driver. He will now undergo questioning in a Madrid Court.
Seven victims were killed in the accident on Sunday and 28 were injured. The bus was traveling from Morocco to Brussels when the accident occurred.
Two of the deceased victims have dual Moroccan-Belgian nationality and three of the wounded also have dual nationality.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Spanish news