Dozens of people on a tour bus bound for Niagara Falls were injured after the vehicle overturned on the New York State Thruway, according to a statement from the New York State Police.
More than 50 people hospitalized after tour bus traveling to Niagara Falls crashes on New York highway
On Saturday, authorities responded to a rollover crash involving the JTR Transportation bus at approximately 12:41 p.m. local time on I-90 in the town of Brutus in Cayuga County.
Police said a preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle “left the roadway for an unknown reason and overturned on the grassy shoulder.”
There were 57 passengers in total on the bus, including the driver, according to police, who was later identified as Fermin P.
All the passengers on the bus were transported to various hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Approximately 26 people were transported to Upstate Hospital for treatment of various injuries, while another 26 passengers were transported to Auburn Community Hospital. Others were transported to Crouse Hospital, according to police.
The right lane remains closed west of Exit 40 (Weedsport), causing traffic delays of approximately 8 miles.
Images from the scene, which were shared online by police, showed the bus was missing its windshield while dents were seen throughout the vehicle.
State Police are investigating a serious injury rollover crash involving a tour bus on I-90 WB, in the town of Brutus, Cayuga County. The right lane remains closed just west of exit 40 (Weedsport), causing traffic delays of approximately 8 miles. pic.twitter.com/6EUICCHr0c
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) August 14, 2021
Debris was also seen nearby, including paper towels, a drink bottle and a blanket. According to Gil-Urrego, the bus left around 6 a.m. on one of the last trips his mother had planned for the summer.