15 Dead In New York City Casino Tour Bus Accident… Police Are Searching For A Truck Involved In The Crash
At least 14 people are dead ,and 6 are in critical condition, and some media outlets are reporting that one of those injured may have died, increasing the total casualty count to 15 deaths, due to a horrific bus crash this morning on the New England Thruway south in the Bronx.(CBS)
Passengers in the bus were being transported back from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, when a tractor-trailer truck “clipped” the bus, causing the bus driver to swerve. The vehicle flipped before striking a sign, which nearly sliced the bus in half.(NY Times)
The driver of the bus told investigators that the bus was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer truck.(NY Daily News)
The location of where the vehicle overturned is on Interstate 95.(CNN)
There were a total of 32 passengers traveling on board the bus when it flipped over about 5:30 a.m.eastern standard time,Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office said in an e-mailed statement.(NY Post)
Although the bus driver survived the crash, there are reports that at least one of the deceased passengers was decapitated.
The bus driver is helping the authorities in their investigation of this tragic accident.The NTSB has dispatched a 16-member team to investigate the cause of the accident.
The main question that needs to be answered in why the truck made contact with the bus all of a sudden,and why didn’t the truck driver stop as he was required by law to do, after he recovered control of the truck,following the accident?(Source)
Several passengers that survived the crash are saying that the bus driver may be at fault in this accident,and have told the police that the bus driver was driving erratically down I-95 before the accident took place.
An official on the case said investigators are in fact looking into whether the driver fell asleep behind the wheel — or was somehow was not paying attention just before the 5:30 a.m. crash.(Source)
Commissioner Kelly said the truck was traveling in the left lane and the bus in the middle lane when the two vehicles made contact. The bus swerved to the right and hit a guard rail before flipping over and hitting the sign post.(Video of Commissioner Kelly’s Press Conference)
Kelly said the post pole cut the bus in half.(Source)
Several of the veteran New York City police officers at the scene of the crash are calling it the most horrific accident they have ever seen.
The mangled bus destroyed in this deadly incident carries the logo of World Wide Tours, a tour company based in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
World Wide Travel released a statement that said it was cooperating with investigators…
“We are a family owned company and realize words cannot begin to express our sorrows to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured in this tragic accident,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”(Source)