LIMA— Sen. Sherrod Brown wants his tour bus safety bill implemented sooner in the wake of the weekend crash involving the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team that killed two and injured 23.
The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act, came to be as a result of the 2007 Bluffton University bus crash that killed seven. The bill became law last July.
In a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Brown called on the department to fast track the rule-making time line for critical safety measures, including driver training and operator enforcement.
“This most recent tragic crash underscores the urgency of implementing these commonsense safety measures,” Brown said. “Stronger tour bus safety standards are long overdue and will protect both passengers and other motorists on the road. That’s why I’m urging Secretary LaHood to make this rule-making a top priority.”
The Bluffton team was driving to a tournament in Florida when the bus fell from an overpass onto Interstate 75 in Atlanta. The crash killed players Tyler Williams, of Lima, Scott Harmon, of Elida, David Betts, of Bryan, Cody Holp, of Arcanum, and Zachary Arend, of Oakwood. The driver and wife, Jerome “Jerry” and Jean Niemeyer, of Columbus Grove, also died.