Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

6 seriously injured after charter bus hit overpass in NY state

The top of the bus was sheered off after a crash on the eastbound lane of Southern State Parkway in Lakeview The top of the bus was sheered off after a crash on the eastbound lane of Southern State Parkway in Lakeview
Jay Anderson | 11 April, 2018, 16:58

They were on their way to meet their parents at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, when around 9 p.m. the bus driver crashed into an overpass on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview.

Candelaria said the crash was treated as a "mass casualty incident", adding that more than 10 ambulance companies from around Nassau County responded to the scene.

New York State Police confirmed 37 suffered minor injuries, five serious and one very serious.

The students range in age from 16 to 18 and attend various high schools, police said.

"Safety is our top priority, and while we can't comment on an ongoing investigation, throughout this area there is signage indicating height restrictions and making clear that commercial vehicles are prohibited from driving on parkways", Morrissey said.

"The trip was part of EF Education Tours", Candelaria said.




"There's no commercial traffic allowed on the parkway what-so-ever", says Major David Candelaria, with the NYS Police.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

Police confirmed the driver of the bus owned by Journey Bus Lines from Irvington, New Jersey had a valid driver's license.

An overpass on a New York Highway sheared off the top of a moving bus injuring more than two-dozen people. Eastern Time on the Southern State Parkway at Eagle Avenue.

Passengers reported hearing someone yell "Duck!" as the bus approached the overpass, Candelaria said, but it was unclear if it was the driver.

Emergency responders used ladders, placed against the side of the bus, to get the passengers off of the vehicle. In 2017, there were reports that an electronic alarm system would be installed on the parkway to warn drivers of vehicles too high for the overpass.

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