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Georgia to improve exits in wake of crash

3/13/2007

ATLANTA -- Georgia highway officials investigating a deadly
bus crash said Tuesday they would add safety measures to several
commuter-lane exits like the one the baseball team's bus had taken
before it plunged off an overpass two weeks ago.

Seven people on the bus died from their injuries, five of them
baseball players from Bluffton University in Ohio.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman David Spear said
the state would be adding signs and adding reflective striping to
seven similar ramps starting Wednesday.

The bus driver apparently mistook one of the Atlanta-area
commuter-lane exit ramps for a lane, officials said. The bus
crossed through a T-intersection at the top of the ramp and
careered over the retaining wall of the overpass to the interstate,
30 feet below. The driver and his wife died in the crash.

Spear declined to say whether the new safety measures could have
prevented the March 2 wreck.

He said Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl decided to make the
safety changes based on recommendations from department engineers
after the bus wreck.

The changes can be made quickly and without having to get
permits to add overhead signs or other devices, Spear said. More
significant alterations to the ramps could come with time after
engineers study the exits more, he said.