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Investigators Still Have Questions Regarding Fatal Bus Crash

February 14, 2020

DAYTON, OH- The writes that a bus crash took place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last month killed a girl from Dayton. The bus involved was transporting 61 people, although the maximum capacity for the coach was 57 passengers. It is not clear whether people were standing in the bus, or if children were on adults’ laps leading to the extra passengers.*

Federal rules do not limit the number of passengers on a bus but regulate for people standing on the vehicles. Two people were ejected from the bus and killed, including a nine-year-old child. The bus ended up on its side blocking several lanes of traffic. Three large trucks and a car were all involved in the wreck on the salted and snowy roadway. 

Two of the truckers died, and so did the bus driver. Around 59 passengers on the bus suffered injuries. The bus was not equipped with seatbelts. Every year, bus crashes kill dozens of passengers and hundreds of other people, including pedestrians, cyclists and people in other vehicles. However, the regulations entered by Congress in 2012, and the safety improvements advocates have been pushing for, have not been implemented by many bus companies. 

The bus involved in the crash was made in 2005. The law dictates that any bus manufactured after 2016 must have seatbelts. Based on the expense of retrofitting older buses with such features, the authorities opted not to require such improvements. Other updates, including protections from rollovers, will be installed in new vehicles, but older ones remain in service without these life-saving features.

The horrific crash has led to many asking for the safety improvements to be implemented in order to prevent future similar tragedies. 

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