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Documents: State bus inspections get lax oversight despite concerns raised by deadly crashes
HOUSTON (AP) ' Oversight for state inspections of commercial vehicles remains lax even though three of the deadliest bus crashes in recent years have highlighted problems.
Forty people died in the three wrecks. Records show that investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board raised questions about the inspection programs in Texas, Illinois and Mississippi.
But the agency with responsibility for improving oversight, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has declined to act.
Among the accidents was the North Texas bus crash that killed 17 members of a Vietnamese Catholic community in Houston in 2008.
The NTSB cited a Houston inspection station for failing to notice defects when it inspected the bus.
Despite that finding, the state has allowed the two brothers who operated the business to continue inspections.