One person was killed and dozens of others were injured Thursday when a charter bus carrying high school kids to a band camp careened off a New York roadway and down an embankment, according to officials.
According to state police, the collision took place in the early afternoon on Interstate 84 in the town of Wawayanda, which is located about 45 miles northwest of New York City.
According to posts made on social media by county fire officials, 43 individuals were brought to hospitals. According to Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and WNBC-TV, at least five people suffered serious injuries.
The bus was shown lying on its left side with its roof bent in news footage, along with ripped-up grass on the embankment. Rescuers could access the windows thanks to a ladder.
The bus was one of six in a caravan that was transporting students from Farmingdale High School on Long Island to a band camp in Greeley, in northern Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the school system. Before returning to Long Island, students on the other buses were supposed to take a break at a community college.
The district said in a statement that students “will have the chance to stretch and meet with grief counselors.” They will return to Farmingdale High School after being cleared.
Governor Kathy Hochul reported that state troopers and emergency personnel were on the site to support local teams.
“We will continue to help the first responders, whichever is necessary, as we are grateful for their quick response, saving lives. In a prepared statement, Hochul added, “Our thoughts are with all those who are afflicted by this horrible event.