Bus strikes Long Island overpass, injuring high school students

11 April, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Police and firefighters respond to the crash involving a charter bus packed with teens

The charter bus that slammed into a Long Island bridge overpass, injuring teens returning from a spring break trip to Europe, was about 4 feet taller than the structure, according to a report.

A Pennsylvania man was driving a bus full of high school students that hit a bridge overpass on Sunday on Long Island. The roof of the bus was scrapped off, injuring 42 out of 44 passengers, with many injuries described by the police as serious.

New York State Police say the crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview.

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

The investigation also revealed Gaston was utilizing a non-commercial vehicle Global Positioning System device, with a planned route via the Belt and Southern State Parkway, according to police.

The driver also didn't have the benefit of a high-tech warning system being installed by the state Department of Transportation that uses electronic sensors that emit invisible beams to detect any trucks or buses heading toward low overpasses along parkways built in the 1930s and 1940s for cars alone. Multiple ambulances and firetrucks responded to the scene.

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There were 38 students, five chaperones, and the driver on the bus.

The minimum clearance on the parkway is 7 feet, 10 inches (2.38 meters) and accidents involving vehicles striking overpasses is not uncommon on the parkway.

The vehicle's operator, Journey Bus Line, of Irvington, New Jersey, could not immediately be reached for comment. They set up a mass-casualty treatment triage and probably saved lives.

It wasn't just a bump. He will undergo a drug and alcohol test.

"The impact to the overpass was significant", Candelaria said after Sunday's bus crash.

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

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