A Michigan bus operator was ordered to cease all commercial passenger services after federal officials said one of its buses was carrying six passengers in the cargo hold.
Roger Haines was driving a Haines Tours motorcoach from Roscommon, Mich., to Clyde, Ohio, when the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over the bus, according to the Department of Transportation.
Authorities discovered that six of the 62 passengers were riding in the luggage compartment, which also contained unsecured baggage, AFP reported.
“Peoples’ lives were needlessly placed at risk,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility and it begins with practicing common sense. That means not putting human beings in cargo holds.”
When authorities discovered the passengers inside the luggage compartment on May 27, Haines said there was no room for them in the passenger area, according to the department.
The department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared the carrier an “imminent hazard” to public safety, AFP reported.
In August 2010, Haines Tours was cited for using the motorcoach’s luggage compartment as an unauthorized sleeper berth for drivers.
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