Despite severe damage, rear portions of the passenger compartment remained relatively intact, maintaining space for occupants to survive.
Operator Kevin Barwell points out the stretch involved in last year's fatal crash was nearly 20 years old and technology has changed since then.
A safety analysis report recommends required lap/shoulder belts for every seated passenger position in stretches.
SEPT. LCT: Operator Jason Sharenow has gone from limousines to buses and does what it takes to do it right.
The article describes the chauffeured transportation provider's newest additions to its fleet: 56-passenger motorcoaches.
The bus manufacturer now installs three-point passenger belts on all of its shuttle models.
The new devices are expected to become commercially available within the next year, and could reduce fatality chances by 77%.
The NHTSA says seat belts alone would reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries in rollover crashes by 77%.
Figures show 29% of fatal motorcoach crashes result in rollover; 70% of passenger fatalities stem from ejections.
The American Bus Association helped work with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure proper research.
The federal ruling issued today excludes school buses and city transit buses.
Passengers aboard the bus suffered minor to moderate injuries while the party bus driver is not at fault in the Sunday morning accident.
Seat belts could prevent injuries during bus crashes, but may hinder ability to escape during fires, operator says.
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