Recent accidents make bus safety top issue in D.C., Austin

Safety experts and Texas lawmakers called for tougher enforcement of motor carrier regulations Monday as federal investigators combed for clues to what caused an illegal bus to crash in North Texas, killing 17 Vietnamese Catholics from Houston.

“As the feds sort through this crash, we’ll learn what went wrong and look for opportunities to make sure that a tragedy like this never happens again,” said state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, referring to the Sherman accident.

In Washington and Austin, lawmakers echoed that sentiment as two more bus crashes in Mississippi and Nevada over the weekend put bus safety back on every politician’s agenda. On Sunday, three women were killed when the tour bus they were riding in rolled over, while 29 people were injured in an unrelated crash after their bus left the road in Nevada.

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