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Bus Company Shut Down for Carrying Humans in Cargo Hold

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A bus company has been busted for transporting passengers in the cargo compartment of one of its motorcoaches.

Michigan-based Haines Tours was ordered by the Department of Transportation to stop operations due to the May 27 incident in which six people were found inside the cargo area along with unsecured luggage and bags.

The discovery of human cargo was made by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lake Township, Ohio during an inspection after the bus was stopped as it was traveling from Michigan to Ohio.

In announcing the shutdown of Haines Tours, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "People's lives were needlessly placed at risk.  Safety is everyone's responsibility and it begins with practicing common sense.  That means not putting human beings in cargo holds."

This isn't the first time the company run by Roger Haines has gotten into trouble.  In 2010, Haines Tours was cited for utilizing a luggage compartment as an unauthorized sleeper berth for drivers.

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