Bus safety mandates introduced after Orland crash

Jul 17, 2015 1:35 PM by Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California lawmaker is proposing sweeping bus safety reforms after last year's fiery collision between a FedEx tractor-trailer and a tour bus full of students that killed 10.

Sen. Ricardo Lara said Friday he's introducing legislation mandating safety briefings and better emergency exits to improve the odds of surviving crashes.

Dozens of students heading to a college tour struggled to escape their burning bus after the April 2014 crash 100 miles north of Sacramento. The National Transportation Safety Board this week urged regulators to require additional and more visible emergency exits in response to the case.

Lara's bill, SB247, would make those recommendations California law. The Bell Gardens Democrat is also considering rules to increase fire safety standards on buses.

A California Bus Association lobbyist didn't immediately return a message.

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