A Houston bus company owner has been indicted on federal charges related to a 2008 crash that killed 17 people. Angel de la Torre and his company, Angel Tours, have been charged with four counts of making false statements, one count of conspiracy to make false statements, and operating a motor vehicle after being placed out of service.
The accident involved an Angel Tours bus carrying 55 members of Houston’s Vietnamese Catholic community to an annual concave in Missouri. The bus plunged over a highway bridge on Aug 8, 2008.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the crash was caused by a retreaded tire that was punctured by an unknown object. In the report, the NTSB noted that the tire was affixed to the front axle illegally, that Angel Tours wasn’t authorized to leave the state, and that the company that conducted the inspection on the bus wasn’t equipped to judge whether it was fit to be on the road
The Houston personal injury attorneys at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates represent passengers who have been injured and the families of passengers who have been killed in bus accidents.