Tour Bus/Tractor-Trailer Crash in Upstate New York Kills 1, Injures Dozens
July 22nd, 2011|
July 22, 2011
In the early morning hours of Friday, July 22, a tour bus and tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 90 in upstate New York, killing the truck driver and injuring dozens of bus passengers.
Around 1:30 a.m. the tour bus–which was traveling to New York City from Ontario with about 50 people aboard–stopped on the side of Interstate 90 in Junius, New York, for an unknown reason, Reuters reports.
“[The bus] attempted to reenter the eastbound lanes when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer,” said New York Trooper Mark O’Donnell in an interview with Reuters. “Both vehicles started on fire and were soon engulfed in flames.”
The 59-year-old truck driver, a resident of Dreyden, Michigan, was declared dead at the crash site. Forty-six bus passengers were transported to hospitals, where 30 of them were treated for injuries.
In a press conference held Friday morning, Trooper Mark O’Donnell of New York State Police revealed that the bus driver’s “ability to operate a motor vehicle in New York State was suspended back in 2006. The reason it was suspended was because he received two traffic tickets in a 36-month period. Both those traffic tickets were for speeding.”
O’Donnell said that the 60-year-old tour bus driver will be charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree.
A crash reconstruction team was called to the scene.