Bus that crashed was about 4 feet higher than overpass

Glen Norman
April 11, 2018

A charter bus carrying dozens of NY high school students returning from a spring break trip in Europe struck a bridge overpass on Long Island, seriously injuring several passengers and mangling the entire length of the top of the bus.

Two passengers suffered serious injuries, five others received moderate injuries and about three dozen were lightly hurt in the accident, State Police Major David Candelaria said.

The students and their chaperones were traveling back from John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spring break trip to eastern Europe, police said.


According to police, the initial investigation revealed that Gaston possessed a valid Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License.

The driver told police he was unaware of commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway.

'The trip was part of EF Education Tours.as far as injuries, this was treated as a mass casualty incident, ' Candelaria added. Eastern Time on the Southern State Parkway at Eagle Avenue. No one answered the phone Monday morning at bus company in South Amboy, New Jersey. "The height of the bridge is less than 10 feet, I know that this is one of the lowest bridges on the whole parkway system". They set up a mass-casualty treatment triage and probably saved lives.


A sign on the Eagle Avenue overpass along the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead, Long Island, indicates 7-foot, 7-inches of clearance.

It wasn't just a bump. The system would also send an alert to the state's Department of Transportation, which would then notify state police, according to the Baldwin Herald. "If you look at the bus from the side, it's got substantial damage". The top of the bus was sheared off by the impact of the crash.


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