Dozens of students injured in Long Island bus crash

11 April, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Bert Pena
  • A commercial bus owned by Journey bus lines from Irvington New Jersey was traveling eastbound on the Southern State Parkway where it struck the Eagle Avenue overpass' Major David Candelaria said

Law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 NY that 24 people are injured after a bus struck a bridge overpass on Long Island.

The mass casualty incident, that sliced the roof off of the bus, occurred at approximately 9.08pm on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview. A charter bus carrying teenagers has struck a bridge overpass on Long island, mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.

There was no immediate word on any injuries.

The students and their chaperones were traveling back from John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spring break trip to eastern Europe, police said.

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.

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Police confirmed the individual operating the bus has a valid driver's license.

"I don't think he had any awareness, because if you look at the damage, it's a high-impact strike", Candelaria said at a news conference Sunday night. The Nassau County police and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department set up a mass-casualty treatment triage and saved lives. The bus was operated by Irvington, New Jersey-based Journey Bus Lines. It is struck from beneath by tall vehicles an average of three times per year, according to the news site.

Dozens of people were taken to the hospital after a bus hit an overpass on a Long Island, New York, highway, shaving off the top of the bus, on Sunday, April 8. 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.

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

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