Bus in Texas crash was on the road illegally, records show

A bus that crashed early Friday in Sherman — killing at least 15 people — shouldn’t have been on the road, federal and state records show.

It was equipped with an illegal recapped tire on its front axle, which controls steering, crash investigators say. And the company that owned the vehicle, or a related company — investigators are still trying to sort out which — was still in operation more than a month after federal officials took steps to shut the operation down.

Critics say they're again frustrated that more hasn't been done to improve motor coach safety on U.S. roads.

"If these were regional airplanes that were crashing, and not motor coaches, Congress and everybody else would be on top of this to get something done," said Jackie Gillan, vice president of the Washington-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

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