NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a Canadian tour bus carrying 56 people rolled over in upstate New York, killing a teen girl and seriously injuring several other people.
State Police Maj. Richard Smith says the Canadian teenager was partially ejected from the bus and pinned underneath it. She had been traveling with her mother on the bus from Trois Rivieres, Quebec.
Smith said the injuries among the other passengers included broken bones and cuts. None appeared to be life-threatening.
There was no apparent sign the 61-year-old driver skidded before the bus broke through a guard rail, fell on its side and slid down a grassy hill. The cause remains under investigation.
The bus traveling from Quebec City to New York City for a three-day tour rolled over at about 7:30 a.m. on Interstate 87, also known as the Adirondack Northway, according to Josiane Grimard of JaimonVoyage.com, the tour operator.
State police said several people were being treated at hospitals for mostly minor injuries. One person was airlifted from the scene.
Grimard had no word on the cause. She said the vehicle used for the tour was owned by a subcontractor, Fleur de Lys. The subcontractor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Multiple local rescue squads responded to the scene 90 miles north of Albany, where the bus was on its side in the median.
Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that several people trapped inside the bus had to be removed by emergency personnel.
“I’m sure a lot of them crawled through the top hatches because the bus was on its side,” he said.
Jaquish said the bus was filled with college-age students and their relatives. Grimard said it was not a college-sponsored tour.
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