Investigators work the scene of a bus crash that killed 8 people last week in southern California. / Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise
Federal safety regulators have shut down the bus company involved in a southern California crash on Sunday that killed eight people.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) closed Scapadas Magicas LLC Friday after declaring the company "an imminent hazard to public safety."
"Safety is our No. 1 priority and we will not tolerate unsafe bus companies on our nation's roads," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
Scapadas Magicas had been cited repeatedly during the last two years for safety violations including brake problems. Federal inspectors investigated the company's two other motorcoaches after the crash and found "serious mechanical safety violations."
Anne Ferro, head of the FMCSA, said Friday after the quick inspections, regulators "immediately shut them down."
The company's bus had been returning to Tijuana, Mexico, after a ski trip when it crashed on a mountain road east of San Bernardino and struck a sedan and a pickup. Seven passengers on the bus were killed, as was the driver of another vehicle.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
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