Bus Involved in Nebraska Accident Not Equipped with Seat Belts

Bus Involved in Nebraska Accident Not Equipped with Seat Belts

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(Wood River, NE-AP) -- A spokeswoman for Greyhound says the bus involved in yesterday's accident on Interstate-80 was NOT equipped with passenger restraints.

Lynn Brown says restraints are NOT required for inner-city buses. Such buses use compartmentalization to protect passengers. She says if there is a front, rear or side-impact collision, seat belts could cause neck and-or back injuries that wouldn't otherwise be sustained.

Brown says it is very rare that a bus actually rolls or overturns, as happened in this case.

She says the National Transportation Safety Board has discussed the idea of additional testing to make buses safer if there is a rollover.

17-people were injured in the rollover accident, including a Salt Lake City woman who remains in critical condition.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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