Shelby County Schools suspend use of charter buses

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shelby County Schools has decided to suspend the use of charter buses for extracurricular activities until the district can review safety records for all 36 companies that provide services.

Media report the move comes after a charter bus transporting basketball players and cheerleaders from Central High School caught on fire while traveling on Interstate 55. No one was injured.

The district said Durham School Services would provide transportation while charter bus service is suspended.

Media report that Jefferson Travel and Tours, the company that owned the charter bus that caught fire, has an "F'' rating with the Better Business Bureau, which has three complaints listed on its website.

Company owner Arthur Jefferson says that's because he didn't respond to a complaint. He said the company has a good safety record.

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