Sunday, September 25, 2005

Bus in blast was on road because of Perry waiver

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

The bus that caught fire, killing 24 nursing home residents fleeing Hurricane Rita, had been out of service after its registration expired in July, Texas Department of Transportation officials said Saturday.

The bus was able to operate in Texas after Gov. Rick Perry signed a waiver Wednesday suspending some registration and other requirements as part of an effort to get more commercial vehicles involved in the evacuation, said TxDot spokeswoman Judy Curtis.

Mr. Perry signed a similar waiver on Friday to facilitate the return of evacuees.


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