Bus carrying students to Pa. band camp overturns in New York, killing 2 adults

Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Two people were killed Thursday and multiple others were injured after a charter bus carrying Long Island, N.Y., high-school students to a Pennsylvania band camp crashed about 60 miles north of New York City.

Though initial reports differed on the number injured, at least one report stated that at least 46 were injured, including five people who are listed in critical condition. Both fatalities were adults, officials said.


One person who died was thrown from the bus, according to a report that quoted the vice president of Empress EMS, which responded to the crash.

The injured include children, according to multiple reports.

According to officials, the bus crashed through a wire barrier before careening down an embankment off the side of I-84 near the town of Wawayanda.

The bus was one of six chartered to take Farmingdale High School marching band members and chaperones to the camp.

Although there were no initial reports about a possible cause of the crash, Gov. Kathy Hochul later told reporters that a front-tire problem is one being considered.

"While it's preliminary, it's likely that a faulty front tire contributed to the accident," Hochul said. "Although, again, this is still under investigation. That's a preliminary determination."


Emergency responders and school-district officials were at the crash scene in Orange County, according to ABC News, citing officials with the Farmingdale School District.

The bus, which was carrying scores of people, overturned on Interstate 84 at about 1:12 p.m. EDT. Reports said about 300 students were on the trip to the band camp when the incident occurred.

The interstate was shut down in the immediate area, authorities say.

The school, Farmingdale High School, said the bus was on its way to Greeley, Penn.

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