The passengers and families of the dead in the November Tornado Bus Line wreck can begin to hope for justice. Information was released yesterday, January 3, 2008, that announced that the driver of the bus, Felix B. Tapia was being charged with four counts of negligent homocide.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were granted a warrant for the driver when the results of testing indicated that Tapia had amphetamines in his system at the time of the wreck. The wreck killed four innocent people who had placed their lives in the hands of the Tornado Bus Line driver. More than 20 people were injured.
Prosecutor Fletcher Long of Forrest City says if convicted, Tapia would face three to 10 years in prison on each count. The Tornado Bus Line has reportedly used questionable drivers and regulations in the past. Profit over safety has been an ongoing accusation in the bus line that routinely transported non-english speaking passengers to friends and family in Texas and Mexico.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Mass Transit Accidents.