Bluffton victim's parents to push feds on bus safety

Inquiry into fatal crash likely to conclude tomorrow

Toledo Blade

The National Transportation Safety Board's 16-month investigation of a bus crash that killed five Bluffton University baseball players is likely to conclude tomorrow when the board hears its staff's report on the accident.

But what John Betts, the father of victim David Betts, wants to hear more than the NTSB's conclusions about the crash's cause is its recommendations for safety measures that could prevent similar crashes.

Mr. Betts, who plans to attend the safety board meeting tomorrow in Washington - accompanied by his wife, Joy; son, Jacob, and daughter, Rachel - said he expects the report to recommend seat belts, reinforced roofs, and ejection-resistant window glazing on motor coaches like the one in which the Bluffton team's 33 players and coaches were riding when it crashed on I-75 in Atlanta during the predawn hours of March 2, 2007.

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