A tour bus rolled over outside of Syracuse, New York Saturday afternoon. The New York State Police reported via Twitter. The single-vehicle rollover accident resulted in lane closures and traffic delays as well as several injuries. The photos below tell the tale of a harrowing event that will scar many of its passengers for the rest of their lives both literally and figuratively.
Two of the photos show the tour bus on its side. Its windshield is missing. At the same time, it looks as though the roof split along its seam in the crash. In all but one of the photos, you can see debris such as paper and clothing strewn across the shoulder of the highway. The last photo in the tweet shows traffic backed up along I90.
However, the traffic congestion is inconsequential when compared to the suffering caused by the crash. The tour bus was carrying 56 passengers as well as the driver. No one walked away from the incident without injury. Some passengers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Others, though, weren’t so lucky. In fact, Auburn Community Hospital staff transferred three injured passengers to Upstate University Hospital. That is the area’s “top-level trauma center,” according to NBC New York.
Upstate received a total of 27 passengers from the tour bus accident. However, the hospital could not share information about the conditions of those patients.
Details About the Tour Bus Crash
According to Syracuse.com, the tour bus left the Fishkill area en route to Niagara Falls at around 6 a.m. yesterday. Fermin Vasquez, a 66-year-old Wingdale resident drove the bus for JTR Transportation. That company is based in Poughkeepsie, New York.
At 12:41 pm, authorities received reports of an overturned tour bus on the shoulder of Interstate 90. First responders were on the scene as soon as possible. However, when they arrived they found several people already on the scene. The passengers were attempting to escape from the bus and several passing motorists had pulled over to assist.
The emergency crew included twenty-four ambulances as well as vehicles from seven different fire departments. No first responders were injured in the rescue.
Hospitals have not released information on the conditions of any of the patients. NBC New York reported that some children were on the tour bus. The youngest passenger was believed to be one month old.
One westbound lane closed as a result of the crash. Westbound traffic was backed up for about eight miles during the rescue operation.
At this time, there is no word on the cause of the accident. However, the New York State Police stated that they were investigating the tour bus crash in their tweet.