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Government To Crack Down On Unsafe Tour Bus Operators

Federal regulators will launch a national crackdown on unsafe tour bus operators and try to toughen oversight of the industry in the wake of recent fatal accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday teams of investigators will focus on bus companies with a history of problems in safety sweeps over the next two months.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also met with bus industry officials and safety advocates Thursday to discuss how the government might weed out unsafe bus operators.

Eight people were killed after a tour bus crash in Southern California earlier this month. Nine people were killed and 38 others injured when a tour bus crashed in northeastern Oregon just before New Year’s. Both bus companies have been shut down for safety violations.

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