Canadian tour bus crashes in upstate N.Y. 0
MONTREAL -- A teenage girl was killed and dozens were injured after a Canadian tour bus crashed in upstate New York.
Emergency crews were at the scene Friday morning on southbound Interstate 87 between exits 29 and 30 near North Hudson, NY.
The Fleur de Lys bus, operated by Quebec City-based J'ai mon Voyage, flipped onto its side and slid along the highway before ending up in the grassy median, state police told a news conference.
A teenage girl died, likely after she was ejected from the bus, say police. She had been travelling with a relative who's believed to be her mother.
Mathieu Donnelly, 17, who was in a car behind the bus when it flipped, said people were shaking and crying, and there was a lot of blood, he told local newspaper the Press Republican.
1 fatality and 55 injured in Northway rollover bus crash at 8 am near Exit 29 SB Bus coming from Quebec to NYC. pic.twitter.com/zaZMPD4vha— Paul Grondahl (@PaulGrondahl) July 18, 2014
A total of 56 people, all from Quebec, were in the bus, including the driver. Forty-one people suffered minor injuries, ten were seriously hurt and three were in critical condition, police said.
The bus was headed towards New York City around 8 a.m. when it crashed, police say.
Video footage shows a bus tipped over onto its side in the grassy area between the two sets of lanes.
State troopers guided long lines of traffic around dozens of ambulances, fire trucks and cruisers.
The injured were transported to five different hospitals in upstate New York as well as Burlington, Vermont.
Police said they were interviewing the 61-year-old bus driver, who was apparently uninjured.
He was to undergo a blood test.
An official at the Quebec City tour company told QMI Agency that the driver had 30 years' experience and was well rested prior to the crash.
Passengers who were not injured were taken to a local fire hall to wait for a second bus from Montreal to return them to Canada.
The passengers were on their way to a three-day trip in New York City. They had been scheduled to stay in a hotel in nearby Newark, N.J.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences in a statement.
"Terrible news out of New York State this morning," he said on Twitter. "We're keeping those affected by this unfortunate collision in our thoughts and prayers."
North Hudson, the site of the crash, is about 200 km south of Montreal.