Bus Driver Says No Time for Rest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The driver of a bus that burst into flames and killed 23 nursing home residents fleeing Hurricane Rita is expected to testify Wednesday at the bus owner's trial.

Pharr-based Global Limo and its owner, 67-year-old James Maples of McAllen, face a three-count federal indictment. It alleges conspiracy to falsify time records and failure to maintain inspection records.

Tuesday, jurors deciding whether Maples mismanaged his operation viewed faked driver time logs and heard a driver say a trip itinerary did not allow for adequate rest.

Global Limo driver Francisco Sanchez testified through an interpreter that -- quote -- "We couldn't stop to rest. We had to follow the rules and get to our destination on time."

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