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FILE - This March 2, 2007 file photo shows a charter bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team from Ohio after it plunged off a highway ramp early in Atlanta and slammed into the I-75 pavement below. Safety advocates compare the buses to commercial airlines, which have even fewer deaths and injuries but still require passengers to buckle up. Many buses seat more than 50 passengers, about as many as a regional airliner. And the nation's fleet of 29,000 commercial buses transports over 700 million passengers a year, roughly equivalent to the U.S. airline industry. Commercial bus operators fought seat belts for decades, but opposition began to weaken after this 2007 crash in which a bus carrying Ohio's Bluffton University baseball team plummeted off a highway overpass near Atlanta. Five players, the bus driver and his wife were killed. Twenty-eight others were injured, including some students who are still trying to put their lives back together seven years later, said John Betts of Bryan, Ohio, whose son, David, was among those killed. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

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