Hutchison: Crash has stirred support in Congress for increased bus safety

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

IRVING — The crash of a charter bus that killed 17 people a week ago in Sherman has renewed support in Congress for a law requiring seat belts on buses, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Thursday.

Speaking at the annual Transportation Summit, the Texas Republican said she’s optimistic that the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act could become law by the end of the year.

A hearing will be held Sept. 18 in Washington on the bill, which includes requirements for seat belts on long-distance coaches and school buses, as well as improved driver qualifications.

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