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December 2, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Football team bus crash

Chris Joseph Taylor / The Seattle Times

A football cleat sits on the side of the road after the bus carrying the Bellevue High School football team was involved in an accident while on its way to play in a state playoff game at the Tacoma Dome.

Buckle up

Editor, The Times:

We all share a sense of relief that no one was killed when a bus carrying half the Bellevue football team rolled over in an accident [“Bellevue football players avoid serious injury in bus crash,” News, Nov. 29].

Whenever passengers are ejected from the vehicle there is a high risk of death, so this was a very close call.

Let’s use this accident as a wake-up call on the need for seat belts in buses, especially buses carrying students. We were lucky this time, but the next bus accident could just as easily lead to a tragic and preventable loss of life.

Belted passengers are safer and are rarely ejected from vehicles in accidents. Our children’s lives are worth the cost of such a proven safety device. Washington should lead in requiring seat belts in buses, beginning with those that carry our children to school, to sporting events and on field trips.

— Reuel Robertson, Woodinville

Quit riding the tails

It disappoints me that no one is addressing the real cause of the bus crash that affected the Bellevue High School football team. The ladder in the road was just a precipitating event.

The actual cause was the bus driver following too closely to be able to react in case of an unforeseeable event. In doing so, he was endangering himself, his passengers and everyone else on the road.

This could also be said of everyone else involved in the chain-reaction event, but I would expect a professional driver to be held to a higher standard. The person who dropped the ladder does share some

blame, since it was a preventable incident, but I wish the State Patrol and everyone else would begin to address this issue of tailgating.

— John Moore, Bellevue

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