Band Camp Bus Accident Orange County, 2 person Killed

Band Camp Bus Accident Orange County, 2 person Killed

In an evening news conference, Governor Kathy Hochul reported that several kids and two adults were killed after their bus “tumbled down a 50-foot ravine” on Interstate 84 in Orange County, New York, on Thursday.

40 students from Farmingdale High School and four adults were riding the commercial bus, according to Lt. Colonel Richard L. Mazzone of the New York State Police, who spoke at the press conference.

The two fatalities were named by Mazzone as Beatrice Ferrari, 77, and Gina Pellettiere, 43.

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According to Mazzone on Thursday night, there were numerous critical injuries and several serious ones. Although he could not provide any additional information regarding the injuries, he did say that six local hospitals had received them. More than 40 individuals were hurt in the disaster, a Wawayanda Fire Company official had earlier told CNN.

Mazzone continued, “Preliminary information suggests a front tyre failure may have been a contributing factor to this accident.” Investigations regarding the crash are still ongoing.

Around 1:12 p.m. on Thursday, authorities reacted to the collision, according to Hochul.

Imagine the terror, shouts, and mayhem these high school students—many of them freshmen—felt as they were encircled by this disorder, Hochul added. The governor stated that the students were taken out of the bus and brought to safety within 45 minutes with the aid of first responders and rescuers.

Band Camp Bus Accident 2Photo: ABC7

A high school representative verified to CNN that the bus was going to a band camp music event.

They were in route to Greeley, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the school. The Farmingdale School District released a statement on Thursday afternoon stating that the bus was one of six travelling to a band camp event in Pennsylvania.

CNN affiliates’ aerial photography In the middle of the woods, between the eastbound and westbound highways, on Thursday afternoon, a passenger bus was visible. In addition to a medical helicopter that was parked on the roadway close by, emergency personnel were observed at the incident site.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the bus crash and their families. In addition, I’d like to express my gratitude to all first responders for their prompt action, commitment, and service.

According to state police, I-84 is closed near exit 15A and there are detours in place. They also stated that “Interstate 84 westbound is expected to be closed for several hours.”

Hochul referred to Thursday as “a day of terror” during her news conference and stated that the state was in mourning over the incident.

Families are grieving right now, she added, “there’s no doubt about that.” “At this time, our state, our county, our school, and even our entire school district are all in mourning,” the speaker said.

 

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Source: CNN

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