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Safety rating downgraded for bus company used by JCPS

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The bus company that owns the school bus responsible for sending 23 people to the hospital after it crashed on I-64 on June 11 is in hot water.

On the afternoon of June 11, a Commonwealth Bus Service and Transportation school bus was carrying 42 Waggener High School students and four adults returning to Louisville from a visit to Eastern Kentucky University. The bus heading west on Interstate 64 just inside the Jefferson County line when the front left tire blew, sending it crashing into the concrete median barrier.

WAVE 3 News has now learned that the carrier's safety rating has been downgraded from satisfactory to conditional. The Department of Transportation said Commonwealth had violated maintenance, inspections, driver fitness and hours of service requirements.

Under the DOT guidelines a conditional rating means "the carrier was out of compliance with one or more safety requirements."

A Louisville Metro Police report of the crash found the tires on that bus were more than 10 years old with the back tires retreaded. That is not against the law since the retreads were on the back.

On November 8, Jefferson County Public Schools announced it was suspending business with Commonwealth Bus Service and Transportation until they can further review the operations as they pertain to the contract the two have.

The DOT says because the carrier's safety rating has been downgraded they will be subject to more frequent inspections.

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