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LIMA — Bus safety legislation spurring from a 2007 crash involving Bluffton University students again is gaining steam.The long-stalled bill could be wrapped into another surface transportation bill in the House, according to a Politico story published Tuesday.Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R- Texas, have co-sponsored a bill that would require safety belts and stronger seating systems, improved commercial driver training, anti-ejection glazing windows, strong crush-resistant roofs and improved protection against fires. It also would call for electronic onboard recorders.Brown said Wednesday that he and others continue to push the bill and still work on the opposition of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican.“We're hopeful we can block the opposition of one senator,” Brown said.In July, bill proponents received a victory when Greyhound Lines signaled support for the measures. High-profile bus crashes causing serious injuries and deaths also have given the legislation new steam, Politico said.On March 2, 2007, the Bluffton baseball team was headed to a tournament in Florida when the bus crashed in Atlanta, falling from a bridge onto Interstate 75. The crash killed driver Jerry “Jerome” Niemeyer and his wife, Jean, of Columbus Grove, and players Tyler Williams, of Lima, Scott Harmon, of Elida, David Betts, of Bryan, Cody Holp, of Arcanum, and Zachary Arend, of Oakwood.Brown and Hutchison have introduced the bill three times. The two said the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act would make motor coach travel safer and reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by accidents.


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