Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Long Island charter bus crashes carrying a group of spring breakers

Top of bus sheared off after serious crash on Long Island; over 40 injured Bus strikes Long Island overpass, injuring high school students
Glenn Montgomery | 11 April, 2018, 17:00

Forty-two people were injured in the crash, according to New York State Police Maj.

New York State Police are leading the investigation into what happened.

The 38 students, ranging in age from 16 to 18, and five adult chaperones were returning to Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington after an Eastern European trip organized through EF Tours, police said.

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

Police say the driver and the 43 passengers were taken to the hospital; two with serious injuries and five with what they are calling moderate injuries. Though it was the first time in recent memory that a bus had hit an overpass on the parkway, there have been several accidents involving tractor-trailer drivers who are unfamiliar with the route, he said. "They set up a mass casualty treatment triage and probably saved lives", he said.

The crumpled bus, its door hanging open, straddled the right lane and the grassy shoulder off the road.

The vehicle's operator, Journey Bus Line, of Irvington, New Jersey, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said the driver - identified as Troy D. Gaston of Bethlehem, Pa. - was being evaluated and did not seem to be familiar with commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway.

The roof of the charter bus was seen in photos destroyed after the vehicle slammed into the low overpass. He will undergo a drug and alcohol test. The top of the bus was sheared off by the impact of the crash.

Emergency responders used ladders, placed against the side of the bus, to get the passengers off of the vehicle.

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