Tuesday, July 8, 2008

NTSB Releases Fatal College Bus Crash Findings

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday unveiled their findings from a bus crash last year in Atlanta that claimed the lives of five college baseball players from Ohio's Bluffton University and injured more than two dozen.

According to the NTSB, confusing highway signs, driver error and a lack of passenger safety features were all factors in the tragic accident on March 2, 2007. The information was released at an NTSB board meeting in Washington, D.C.

In all, seven people died, including the driver, Jerome Niemeyer and his wife, Jean, as the bus mistakingly drove onto an elevated exit ramp, ran through a stop sign and fell from an overpass onto the interstate below.

Parents of several of the crash victims were in attendance at the meeting, requesting stronger regulations on bus safety, to include for more driver training, stronger roofs, shatterproof window glazing and mandatory seat belts.

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