Fatal crash spurs bill on private bus inspections

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tighter rules on private bus inspections inspired by a fatal Indianapolis church bus crash last summer have approval from some Indiana lawmakers.

The state Senate on Tuesday voted 33-14 to pass a bill requiring Indiana State Police to create an inspection program for private buses. Inspections could be conducted by another agency.

A youth pastor, his pregnant wife and another member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church died on a private bus while returning from a Michigan summer camp last July. An inspection later found the bus had no mechanical problems.

The crash exposed loopholes in current law, which requires inspection of private buses but does not require proof of inspections to be submitted to the state.

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