Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 7, 1972 · Page 10
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 10

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, September 7, 1972
Page 10
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: Alidft Eveiilrtf Telegraph Thursday, Sept. 7, 1972 your money By Peter Weaver Consumer Writer A friend of ours is still Slowly, painflly, having her face rebuilt after a bus accident on Labor Day weekend last year. The bus was going from Chicago up north to a lake resort. Our friend was sitting in the middle of the rear seat. facing an open aisle. It started to rain, she said, and several passengers felt the bus was going too fast. Suddenly, a small car darted out from an intersection and the bus driver, trying to avoid hitting the car, swerved sharply and hit the brakes. The bus barely grazed the car but dove into a ditch and then climbed an embankment onto some railroad tracks before it stopped. Our friend hurtled forward like a missile, her face hittinr; everything as it went down the aisle. At a nearby hospital, they found that she had eight teeth (upper, front) knocked out, multiple fractures of jaw and face bones and a hunk of lip missing. It's cost around $13,000 to have her face put back into some kind of order again with oral and plastic surgery. And. of course, you can't put a price tag on the pain and depression that followed such an accident. What really hurts, oui friend says, is the fact that, if.she had a seat belt on. she would have hardly received a scratch. The drivers of big, intercity buses are provided with seat belts — but not the passengers. According to Henry Wakeland, director of the Bureau of Surface Transportation (NTSB) : "It's a gross injustice to withold from passengers a proved safety device (seat belt) which is made available to bus drivers." The National Transportation Safety Board, of which Wakeland's bureau serves as technical staff, said in its annual report: "The board, for the past three years, has recommended repeatedly that bus passengers be given the chance to protect themselves with seat belts or similarly effective restraints." The bus companies and the Federal Highway Administration bus safety regulators have turned deaf ears on these pleas for seat belts. The only excuse they give is the contention that "it's safer without seat belts than it is with them." This may be true for some of the older buses which have low-back seats with exposed metal furnishings But ! t certainly isn't true for the newer buses which have high- backed, well-padded seats to protect passengers' heads. Motor Coach Industries, a s u b s i d i a r*y of Greyhound which manufactures bus bodies, has a bunch of new buses on the road right new that can easily take seat belts. According to a company official, the MC-6 and MC-7 coaches have seats that we-e designed to eventually take seats belts — fully padded and fitted with the proper anchorings. Without a seat belt you can get into serious trouble if the bus hits something, swerves, stops suddenly or tips over on its side, imagine what would happen if you're sitting on the left side of a bus anl it tips over on its right side. There's an eight-foot fall to the other side. Imagine sitting on the right side'and hav'ng left-side passengers falling on you. In 1086, a bus tipped ova- after an accident near Baker, Calif., aod tumied. Because | bey were injured or 0soriented, IS people couldn't frawi out. They burned to dteatfc- High-speed, intercity bus fctwA without seat belts is, w my wiy of thinking, a j»rtority7 IJ you feel strongly " tttis or have any per- accident ob- sead to: Bwpeaa of ; Federal WeVe got systems that beat the high cost of listening. Save 75.80 if purchased as a system featuring big 3-Way, 10" speakers and 30 watt receiver. $ 199 Complete BSR R-30 Receiver 119.95 2 CMC LS-50 Speakers 99.90. 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