U.S. Senate Panel Approves Motorcoach Safety Requirements, Recalling Bluffton Crash

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday moved to require better safety measures for long-distance buses, including passenger lap and shoulder belts, stronger roofs and window glazing to keep passengers from being ejected.

But the legislation, a result of motorcoach crashes like the one in 2007 that killed five members of Ohio's Bluffton University baseball team while traveling through Georgia, is far from becoming law. A related bill has been stuck in House of Representatives committees since March. This is the second time motorcoach safety bills have been introduced since the Bluffton crash.

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