The students and their chaperones had arrived at Kennedy Airport after the trip with EF Educational Tours and were heading to the Walt Whitman Shops in South Huntington to meet their parents when the bus struck the Eagle Avenue overpass shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Six people were seriously injured and 37 suffered lesser injuries such as cuts and bruises, Candelaria said at a news conference.
The bus was driving eastbound on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview when it crashed into the overpass.
A charter bus carrying dozens of NY high school students returning from a spring break trip in Europe struck a bridge overpass on Long Island, seriously injuring several passengers and mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.
On the stretch of highway where the accident occurred, the fare for commercial vehicles is prohibited due to the low arches of the bridges. Those with injuries were transported to five local hospitals, he said. Two of the injuries were serious, five were moderate and the remainder were minor, police said in a press release.
Candelaria said the crash was treated as a "mass casualty incident", adding that more than 10 ambulance companies from around Nassau County responded to the scene. It was not clear of which schools they are affiliated with.
"The impact to the overpass was significant", Candelaria said after Sunday's bus crash.
Gaston was cooperative at the scene, and investigators are speaking with the bus company who operated the charter, police said. A charter bus carrying teenagers has struck a bridge overpass on Long island, mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.
Gaston and the 43 passengers on board were taken to several area hospitals, police said. The system, in place on the Northern State Parkway, triggers an alert on an overhead electronic road sign that warns the driver to pull over.
Police confirmed the driver of the bus owned by Journey Bus Lines from Irvington, New Jersey had a valid driver's license. The system, already in place on the Northern State Parkway, also alerts State Police if a vehicle that is too high trips the system. "The police are looking into it and our insurance has been notified". "If you look at the bus from the side, it's got substantial damage".