NTSB points to driver inattention in AZ bus crash

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has pointed to driver inattention as the cause of a tour bus crash that killed seven people on a rural Arizona highway last year.

The board met Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and also offered safety recommendations for medium-size buses. Those include occupant restraints and strengthening windows to prevent passengers from being ejected.

The recommendations go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The charter bus was returning a group of Chinese tourists to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon on Jan. 30, 2009, when it crashed on U.S. 93 near Hoover Dam.

The NTSB says the driver was attempting to fix a problem with his door before the bus crashed.

Seven people were killed and 10 were injured.

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