One dead and at least 46 injured after a charter bus full of Farmingdale High School students heading to band camp crashed into an embankment on I-84 in Orange County, New York.
- The accident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. and initial reports suggest many passengers are being treated.
- This is breaking news
One person is dead and at least five are in critical condition after a Greyhound bus carrying students to band camp rolled off an embankment in upstate New York.
Forty-five people were on the bus and most were injured.
The charter bus reportedly overturned shortly before 1:30 p.m., ten miles from the nearest exit on the two-lane highway in the Orange County town of Wawayanda.
It was one of six transporting 300 students, mostly ninth graders, from Farmingdale High School in Nassau County to a music event at a band camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania, ABC7 reported.
The bus appears to have left the busy road and overturned on an embankment before coming to rest in a heavily wooded area. Sources told the channel that at least five passengers were in critical condition.
Rescuers scramble to save the injured on board
Westbound Highway 84 is closed at exit 15 as first responders head to the scene.
“We were informed that there had been an accident with Bus 1 en route to Greeley, Pennsylvania for band camp,” the Farmingdale School District said in a statement.
“Police and emergency services are on site, as well as the district administration. We will provide another update when more information becomes available. We ask for your patience while we gather more details.
The injured were transported to Westchester County Medical Center or Garnet Health Medical Center in Wallkill, with two Medivac helicopters assisting in the rescue efforts.
New York State Police said westbound Route 84 is closed at Exit 15 as the investigation continues and traffic has been backed up in both directions.
A SUNY Orange spokesperson said the college’s physical education center will be used as a family information/reunification center.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman arranged a police escort for the families of the affected students.
Ladders were raised to the overturned bus in an attempt to reach the passengers.
Helicopters photographed scale of efforts to save injured children
Dozens of emergency vehicles were on site minutes after the accident.
The tumbling bus crushed trees and bushes as it rolled down the slope.
Rescuers use ropes to descend the steep slope to where the bus was.
Governor of New York Kathy Hochul said she was informed of the tragedy:
“At my direction, personnel from the New York State Police and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are on scene to assist local emergency response teams,” he said. -she adds.
“We are grateful to the first responders whose quick action saved lives and we will continue to support them as necessary. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrible situation.
This is breaking news.