The bus, operated by Journey Bus Line, was traveling from John F. Kennedy International Airport along the Southern State Parkway on Sunday night when the top of the bus apparently was ripped off by the overpass, photos from the scene indicated.
Charter bus slams into overpass, students injured
43 passengers were taken to a nearby hospital after a charter bus carrying high schoolers slammed into a bridge overpass on Long Island.
New York State Police investigators were trying to determine Monday why a driver slammed his charter bus, packed with students returning from spring break, into a bridge overpass on Long Island, injuring dozens of teens, chaperones and the driver.
A bus that was carrying teenage passengers sits on the side of the roadway after it hit an overpass on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, N.Y., on Sunday.
Maj. David Candelaria, spokesman for the state police, said most commercial vehicles are banned from the parkway, adding bridges are too low to accommodate buses.
"I don't think he (the driver) had any awareness," Candelaria said. "If you look at the damage, it was a high-impact strike.
The 38 students aboard, ranging in age from 16-18, and five adult chaperones were returning from an Eastern Europe trip that was booked through EF Educational Tours, police said.
Driver Troy Gaston, of Bethlehem, Pa., and the 43 passengers on board were taken to several area hospitals, police said. Two people suffered serious injuries, five others suffered what were described as moderate injuries and the rest were minor, police said.
Neither the bus company nor the tour company responded immediately to requests for information from USA TODAY.
Everybody was able to walk out except one, which we extricated,” Lakeview Fire Department Chief Patrick McNeill told Newsday. “There was glass everywhere. The roof of the bus is down to the top of the seat covers.”
The bus was headed to a mall where the students were to reunite with their parents.
John Bacon | USA TODAY
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