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NASHVILLE — Three congressmen are requesting a hearing on school bus safety after deadly crashes in Maryland and Tennessee.

In Wednesday's letter, Democratic Maryland Congressmen Elijah Cummings, and Republican John Duncan and Democrat Steve Cohen of Tennessee requested the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing.

The letter cites a Nov. 21 crash on Talley Road in Brainerd that killed six schoolchildren and a Nov. 1 crash in Baltimore that killed six people.

The letter notes that both drivers had had previous crashes, and that the Baltimore driver had health issues and was operating with a suspended commercial license.

The congressmen suggest exploring whether any changes to federal law are needed.

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