If you've been following national news, you may have seen ongoing reports of a fatal bus-truck collision in California. A tractor-trailer collided with a motorcoach that was carrying about 40 high school students, and a bus window had to be kicked out for many of the students to escape. Flames engulfed the truck and the bus, and 10 people lost their lives. The tragedy underscores the need for updated safety standards for large buses.
More than 15 years have passed since the National Transportation Safety Board recommended making it easier for passengers to evacuate buses. In particular, the board called for making bus windows and emergency exits easier to open. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to provide new bus evacuation rules.