Crime scene photos of a bus that exploded while evacuating nursing home residents from Hurricane Rita show rusted, fused and broken wheel bearings. Yet maintenance records kept by the company that owned the bus indicate the problem wasn't noticed.
Maintenance files obtained by The Dallas Morning News contain no mention of repairs to the right rear axle. That's where the September fire is thought to have started as the bus traveled on Interstate 45 outside Wilmer. Twenty-three of the bus' elderly passengers were killed by the blaze.
Records show Global Limo took the bus in for service eight times in the first month of operation. But at other times, the company didn't follow the mechanic's repair recommendations because of time constraints. Global had repairs to the bus made twice from July through September.