Feds shut down for-hire church bus involved in fatal crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Federal officials have ordered a South Carolina church that owned the bus involved in a collision that killed four people to stop for-hire operations immediately.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an order Monday saying Sandy River Baptist Church in Chester did not make sure its drivers were properly licensed, passed drug tests or complied with rest requirements.

The church owned the bus that crashed Sept. 17 in Hamlet, North Carolina, while carrying the Ramah Jucco Academy football team.


Four people died, including bus driver Brian Kirkpatrick. Troopers said the bus had a flat tire and slammed into a guardrail and bridge support.

It wasn’t clear if the church had any drivers other than Kirkpatrick.

A phone call to the church went unanswered Monday.

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