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Wis. among a handful of states that require wheelchair passengers be buckled

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A review of seat belt laws by The Associated Press has found just a handful of states that require passengers in wheelchairs to be buckled up while they're riding on minibuses.

Five states -- Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin -- require both wheelchairs and their users to be secured on paratransit buses, which take disabled people to work and doctor's offices.

Crash investigators in Ohio found that specially made restraints for wheelchairs weren't hooked up when a tractor-trailer slammed into a minibus in January.

Four people, including a 28-year-old disabled man, died in that accident. His family members say they hope it will bring about tougher seat belt regulations.

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