Local 24 News has learned the charter bus involved in Monday morning’s deadly crash is owned by “Scott Shuttle Services” operated out of Somerville, Tennessee. The Local I-Team spoke with parents who went on the Arkansas trip, who say the company has had trouble in recent weeks keeping the buses running.
Parents who went on that trip who told Local 24 News on way down to Texas, one of the buses broke down. The group was stuck on the side of the road for 12 hours. They said the weekend before, there was another breakdown on a trip to Florida.
Scott Shuttle Services operates out of a house in rural Fayette County. According to records, the company owns five vehicles and employees seven people.
We were there Monday afternoon when what’s believed to be a federal investigator arrived and went inside.
According to federal records, Scott Shuttle has had a history of problems. In the past three years, they have been fined twice by the federal government.
In July of this year, records say the fine was almost $3,500 for allowing someone to drive without having the type of driver’s license needed to operate the vehicle.
In 2015, the company was also fined in connection to problems with inspections.
Records also show the charter company was involved in a crash in November 2017.
Scott Shuttle Services’ most recent inspection was in May. According to federal records, among the violations noted were an oil and grease leak and a damaged windshield.
We also found that in the mid-2000s, the company had its federal motor carrier permit revoked. It was reinstated in 2007.
The owners of the company were not at home. Someone who said he was their grandson answered the door but wouldn’t comment.