GPS Device Is a Possible Culprit in Long Island Bus Crash

11 April, 2018, 17:02 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A bus crashed on the Southern State Parkway Sunday evening. The bus struck an overpass at a little after 9pm in Lakeview

Six passengers were seriously injured after a charter bus carrying high school students hit a bridge overpass Sunday night on Long Island in the USA state of NY.

Charter buses like the one involved in the accident are not allowed on New York State parkways because the bridges over them are too low to provide these vehicles clearance, the broadcaster noted.

The bus, carrying 38 students and six other passengers, hit the overpass on the Southern State Parkway, police said.

The driver told police he was unaware of commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway. David Candelaria, who described multiple of the injuries as serious.

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A handful of State Police cruisers, their lights flashing, were parked on the eastbound side, and a few cars drove by on the westbound side.

The students were returning home from John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spring break trip when the bus crashed into the overpass.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

Police hadn't determined whether the driver, Troy Gaston, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, would be charged, Candelaria said. "We were very lucky", he said, adding that the emergency response "probably saved lives". The driver is under review.

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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.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

"I don't think he had any awareness, because if you look at the damage, it's a high-impact strike", Candelaria said at a news conference Sunday night.

In December, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4.3 million project to install an electronic warning system that detects when oversized vehicles enter parkways.

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