Bethlehem man drove bus that hit NY overpass hurting 44, police say

Hannah Rogers
April 11, 2018

The bus was transporting 38 students, aged 16 to 18, and five adult chaperons from John F. Kennedy International Airport to a mall where parents were waiting to pick their children up, Candelaria said.

One of the six injured passengers had very serious injuries, said State Police Maj. Thirty-seven other passengers suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Journey Bus Tours vehicle did not have a valid Pennsylvania commercial vehicle driver's license and was using a standard GPS system, a news report said.

A handful of State Police cruisers, their lights flashing, were parked on the eastbound side, and a few cars drove by on the westbound side.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

"Safety is our top priority, and while we can't comment on an ongoing investigation, throughout this area there is signage indicating height restrictions and making clear that commercial vehicles are prohibited from driving on parkways", Morrissey said.

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Police say the driver is being tested to make sure he was not impaired.

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

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

Gaston was cooperative at the scene, and investigators are speaking with the bus company who operated the charter, police said. "I give credit the Nassau County police ambulance bureau's emergency services unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department".

The students were returning from their spring break vacation in Europe. He reported that immediately after the first calls came in, first responders "set up a mass-casualty treatment triage", and their quick response time likely saved lives.

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