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Gov. Haslam visits families of Chattanooga bus crash victims

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Gov. Bill Haslam held a news conference on Wednesday morning in Chattanooga. (WSMV) Gov. Bill Haslam held a news conference on Wednesday morning in Chattanooga. (WSMV)
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WSMV) -

Gov. Bill Haslam is in Chattanooga visiting the families of the five children who were killed in a school bus crash on Monday.

Six other students are still being treated at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger. Five of them are in critical condition.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, Haslam called the accident a wake-up call for school bus safety.

"I think it's time for us to step back, all of us, local school boards, the state, and look at the whole school bus process from how we hire drivers to how we ensure safety of the equipment to whether there's seat belts on those buses," Haslam said. "Let's do a thorough review of every step along the way to make certain we don't have one more of these."

Haslam said he will ask Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Department of Safety Commissioner David Purkey to begin the process of reviewing the system.

Only six states require seat belts on buses. Those are California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

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