- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal safety panel wants to learn more about a bus crash in Utah last year that killed nine people and injured 43 others returning from a ski trip.

The five-member National Transportation Safety Board is expected to hear Tuesday from investigators looking into the crash.

A motorcoach carrying 52 passengers returning to Phoenix from Telluride, Colo., in January 2008 careened off a remote two-lane highway near the town of Mexican Hat and rolled down an embankment.

The roof of the motorcoach was sheared off and nearly all the passengers were thrown out.

The board recommended a decade ago that safety standards for motorcoach roofs be strengthened. Motorcoaches transport 631 million passengers annually.

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