11-year-old school bus crash survivor calls for better seat belts

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A fifth-grader who survived a school bus crash that killed a schoolmate and a teacher on Interstate-80 last month is urging New Jersey lawmakers to require seat belts with shoulder straps on buses.

Peter Caminiti, 11, provided the first testimony Monday to a joint hearing of the state Assembly and Senate transportation committees. Lawmakers are weighing a number of changes in laws and policy in response to the deadly May 17 crash in Mount Olive.

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The 11-year-old Paramus student recounted being suspended by his lap belt and said he suffered a serious head injury. He asked why buses don't have three-point seat belts, saying concerns about costs might be overriding safety.

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The New Jersey School Boards Association says districts have limited resources and any new safety measures should be carefully studied.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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