Bus line owner considers seat belts after crash
Injuries may have been prevented, says Mike Cassidy
The owner of Maritime Bus says he's going to look into installing seatbelts on his buses after one of his buses rolled over, injuring several passengers, on Sunday.
A gust of wind blew the bus off the road in Travellers Rest, P.E.I., just outside of Summerside.
Martime Bus owner Mike Cassidy said the large buses are designed to have seats that break, protecting passengers during head-on collisions, but Cassidy said in Sunday's accident seatbelts may have prevented some injuries.
He does, however, have some concerns about seat belts.
"I'm scared if there was a fire, for example, and you had seatbelts on and you couldn't get out of your seatbelt. And a fire can spread through a bus in less than five minutes. Would I want my passengers to buckled up in that case if they couldn't get out," he said.
Some other intercity bus company owners in Canada are reconsidering seatbelts in the wake of another accident Sunday in Oregon. Nine people died and 38 were injured when a Vancouver-bound bus plunged 60 metres down an embankment. Many of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle.
"I don't have to wait for the law to tell me," said Cassidy.
"I want to try it myself as an owner, and I'm going to do my own research."
There are no laws requiring transportation companies to make seatbelts available to passengers.
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