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NTSB reviews school bus safety in hearing

(WMC-TV) - The school year begins less than two weeks from now and the National Transportation Safety Board is working to make sure your children make it to and from class safely.

Some tragedies cannot be prevented, but if safety precautions are in place, NTSB says some can be.

In Louisville, Kentucky two weeks ago, 31 students were taken to the hospital after their bus was sideswiped by a truck.

"I heard everybody just screaming and then I raised my head up and saw the big diesel side swipe our bus," recalled Zach Hatchett.

In February 2011, a teacher and coach were killed on a bus near Calhoun City, Mississippi. The driver of a tractor-trailer was also killed as a result of the accident.

During a hearing Tuesday morning, NTSD reviewed deadly crashes in Florida and New Jersey, two states that require all new buses have seat belts.

Only six states have that requirement and the NTSB believes more lives could be saved if kids wore them.

Right now, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama do not require them. According to NTSB, the biggest reason they do not require seat belts is due to cost.

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