WASHINGTON — Parents of people killed or injured in motor coach accidents pleaded at a Senate hearing yesterday for tougher federal safety standards, but it’s unclear whether Congress will be able to pass a bill tightening standards before it adjourns for the year.

A bill introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R., Texas) would beef up safety standards in motor coaches by requiring seat belts and windows that prevent passengers from being ejected.

That bill was spurred in part by a March, 2007, motor coach accident in Atlanta that killed five members of the baseball team from Bluffton University in Ohio as well as the bus driver and his wife. Last month, 17 motor coach passengers en route to a religious festival died in Sherman, Texas, on their way to a religious festival.

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