Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Bus With Children Crashes Into Overpass in US: Over 40 Reported Injured

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
| 11 April, 2018, 16:58

A charter bus carrying teenagers returning from a spring break trip has struck a bridge overpass on Long island, seriously injuring six passengers and mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.

A roadside sign posted by the state on the overpass in Lakeview, just east of New York City, says the clearance at its lowest point is 7 feet, 7 inches (2.3 meters). About 30 people escaped with minor injuries.

Troy D. Gaston, 43, no address given, "obviously wasn't aware of the parkway system" and its restrictions on commercial vehicles, state police Major David Candelaria said, according to Newsday. State Police still need to confirm the actual route through a forensic analysis of the device and passenger interviews.

Traffic in both directions of the parkway was stalled following the incident, as fire and police officials inspected the bus and scene. According to some news reports, the height of the bus exceeded the overpass height by four feet. Multiple ambulances and firetrucks responded to the scene.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside. The students were on their way to meet their parents at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, when the bus crashed into the overpass at around 9 p.m. "We were very lucky", he said, adding that the emergency response "probably saved lives".


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

Trucks and buses are not allowed on the Southern State Parkway due to the low overpasses.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

During a press conference, Candelaria said the accident was treated as a "mass-casualty incident".

In December, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4.3 million project to install an electronic warning system that detects when oversized vehicles enter parkways.

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