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Platinum Magic Carpet Ride Involved In Crash Is Under Investigation

8:13 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fifteen high school students from New York were on their home from a robotics competition when their bus rolled over while getting off a highway in Columbus, Ohio. Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt.

But the cause of the crash is still under investigation and it's centering in on the operator Platinum Magic Carpet Ride. Their website has no contact information but a search of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration puts the bus company's headquarters in Waldorf, Md.

WUSA9 checked out the address and it is just a home, no buses, no business office. The guy that lives there said his cousin owns the company and he knows nothing about it.

Sounds crazy, but it's actually something that's becoming much more common. They're called curb-side operators or Chameleon carriers.

"They change their colors. They're ABC bus company one day and they're XYZ company the next day," said Stephen Keppler, from Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Turns out, the man behind Platinum Magic used to run Lidia Bus Tours, which was shut down last year.
So he started up Platinum Magic and to this day their drivers and vehicles have never been inspected.

Maryland State Police told WUSA9 they have been trying to conduct a safety audit since March but their requests have been ignored. Just last week, they sent a letter to their federal counterparts asking to shut them down but before that could happen it crashed in Columbus.

 

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