Police said the driver, who is from Pennsylvania, was being evaluated and did not seem to be familiar with the commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway. Thirty-seven other passengers suffered minor injuries. He reported that immediately after the first calls came in, first responders "set up a mass-casualty treatment triage", and their quick response time likely saved lives.
"We're very lucky", said Maj. The roof of the bus was scrapped off, injuring 42 out of 44 passengers, with many injuries described by the police as serious.
There were 38 students, five chaperones, and the driver on the bus. The students were on their way to meet their parents at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, when the bus crashed into the overpass at around 9 p.m. Police did not say which schools the students were affiliated with. The trip was organized by a private tour company, EF Tours, according to police.
"There's no commercial traffic allowed on the parkway what-so-ever", says Major David Candelaria, with the NYS Police. Passengers were seen covered in blankets as they waited outside. The driver is reportedly under review.
"I don't think he had any awareness because if you look at the damage, it's a high-impact strike", Candelaria said, adding that the incident remains under investigation.More news: Volkswagen sets first quarter delivery record, Herbert Diess tipped as new CEO
The accident occurred on Eagle Avenue in Lakeview, near the Airport.
The infrared sensors detect vehicles that are too tall nearing or entering a parkway ramp and trigger an alert to the driver on an overhead electronic road sign that warns the driver to pull over.
Dozens of people were taken to the hospital after a bus hit an overpass on a Long Island, New York, highway, shaving off the top of the bus, on Sunday, April 8.
It wasn't just a bump.