NJ school district to improve bus safety after deadly crash

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey school district has moved to improve the safety of its buses following a crash last month that killed a student and a teacher.

The Paramus Board of Education approved several new safety measures Monday, including the purchase of three-point seat belts for all buses and stricter background checks for drivers.

The changes come in the wake of the deadly May 17 crash in Mount Olive.

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Investigators say the crash was caused by bus driver Hudy Muldrow when he missed a turn then crossed three lanes of traffic on Interstate 80 to attempt an illegal U-turn. The bus collided with a dump truck, and the impact tore the bus apart.

His lawyer has said there is no evidence he was trying to turn onto the median.

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