I read this in a newspaper, is it correct English?
'None of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt'
Engee has pointed up an important consideration, that of, notional plurality. Traditional grammar has maintained that 'none' is singular, but language has never followed this "rule" [what's new, eh? ]
He illustrated what the writer obviously envisioned. But there is no reason that another English speaker couldn't envision,
Not any of the passengers were wearing a seatbelt.
There are grammar situations in English where the choice is dependent upon what the speaker is viewing in their brain as they formulate a sentence.