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Ricardo Lara

Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash

A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed five high school students on a tour last year. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said he introduced legislation that mandates charter bus operators conduct safety briefings and pushes to require that buses have clearly labeled emergency exits such as those on planes. "Hopefully that provides not only a level of safety but gives passengers a better opportunity to survive these crashes," Lara said in an interview. In the crash last year, dozens of student heading to a college tour struggled to escape a burning bus...

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