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Tour Bus Headed to Yakima Crashes in California; Sends 15 to Hospital

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A tour bus headed for Yakima rear ended another vehicle in California early Tuesday morning. A tour bus headed for Yakima rear ended another vehicle in California early Tuesday morning.

YAKIMA, WA -- A tour bus headed for Yakima rear ended another vehicle in California early Tuesday morning.

Fronteras Del Norte has busses and a number of offices including in Yakima and the Tri-Cities. 
The Fronteras Del Norte bus company has been given one of the worst bus maintenance ratings by federal officials.

And now a Del Norte bus headed to Yakima has crashed in California. The bus reportedly had 36 people on board Monday night when a semi slammed on its brakes on Highway 99 in Tulare, California.

The bus rear ended the truck and sent 15 people to the hospital with minor injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Del Norte has been put on high alert after 96 safety violations since early 2012.

Some of those violations include leaky brake connections and poor tire treads. Drivers have also failed hours of service inspections, such as working beyond 14 hours or not properly keeping track of logs. 

Employees at the Fronteras Del Norte bus stop on Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima would not comment and directed us to talk to headquarters in Huntington Park, California. When we called they also declined to comment.

According to reports, Fronteras owner Joel Lopez has admitted in the past that his fleet is aging and maintenance continues to be a problem.

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