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Schumer pushes underride guards for tractor-trailers

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Tuesday joined the family of a Genesee County man who died in a pileup on the Thruway in January to push for changes aiming to make collisions with tractor-trailers less deadly.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the crash that took the life of Edward "Eto" Torres of Elba shows the need for legislation requiring underride guards on the front and sides of tractor-trailers and updated guards in the back. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, have introduced such legislation.

“Underride guards are a proven technology that will save lives and make our roads safer,” Schumer said at a press conference in Depew with Marisabel Coogan, Torres' daughter, his son-in-law and Erie County Medical Center officials. "Eto Torres was a good man, a family man, and he could have been better protected if the truck he collided with was equipped with underride guards."

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