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NW Trailways fined for overloading bus

Northwest Trailways, based in Spokane, has been fined $800 for overloading a bus traveling from Leavenworth to Monroe, forcing eight passengers to stand in the aisle for the 85-mile trip.

An investigation by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission found the bus line violated safety regulations when forcing passengers to stand for a distance of greater than 35 miles during a Jan. 6 trip, the WUTC said in a news release.

The bus has a capacity of 56 passengers. The investigation resulted from a passenger complaint.

Northwest Trailways has six routes through Washington and Idaho and served 90,000 passengers last year, the WUTC said.