WILLIAMS, Calif. – The 52 year-old driver of the charter bus that lost control and rolled over in a ditch, killing eight passengers, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Associated Press has reported that the driver had a long history of drug and alcohol related problems, and that even his parents were concerned about his ability to drive a passenger bus. The driver also had an extensive criminal history through the 80’s and 90’s involving stolen property, check fraud, credit card theft, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a destructive device. The driver’s own mother revealed that he had been involved in a prior wreck a few years ago where drugs or alcohol were involved. It is unimaginable how this driver was hired and placed in control of the safety of 40 souls.
The ownership of the company that ran the charter is still being investigated as well. Initial indications is that the company is know as Cobbs Bus Services out of Modesto, California. The last registered owner appears to be House of Prayer Apostolic Faith Christian Center of Modesto, bearing the same address as Cobbs Bus Service. The owner of the company may have been killed in the crash.
Family members are still having difficulties finding loved ones that may have been involved in the crash. Most victims were transported to Enloe Hospital in Chico or U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Again, our profound condolences go out to the injured and those who lost family members in this inexcusable crash.