Bluffton baseball crash inspires bill to upgrade bus safety

File footage of crash scene.
File footage of crash scene.

There's a new proposal out today to upgrade safety on buses that travel the nation's interstate highways.

The legislation being introduced in Congress comes nearly eight months after a bus carrying Bluffton University's baseball team crashed in Atlanta, killing seven people. The proposal would require seatbelts on all charter and passenger buses that travel state to state. It doesn't apply to city buses.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown worked with families of the Bluffton players before introducing the legislation. The father of Bluffton ballplayer David Betts was among those who pushed for the legislation.

John Betts says seatbelts probably would have saved his son and others on the bus.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.