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Dozens of people were taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a tour bus en route to Niagara Falls crashed on the New York State Thruway, authorities said.
The New York State Police said in a statement the crash occurred in the town of Brutus, just 20 miles west of Syracuse.
Authorities told ABC7 that every single passenger on the bus was taken to hospital for injuries that ranged from minor to serious. There were 57 people on the bus in total, including the driver. It’s unclear if anyone on the bus was killed as police haven’t specified any fatalities.
A man whose mother was on the bus told WSYR-TV there were multiple children aboard the bus, including an infant.
ABC7 reported that the bus exited a roadway for unclear reasons, then crashed onto the shoulder and rolled over.
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
Photos posted online by the New York State Police showed the crumpled bus lying on its side, with the windshield apparently smashed out.
Debris from the passengers — including water bottles, clothing, and paper towels — were scattered across the shoulder of the highway.
The crash caused eight miles worth of traffic delays, police said, but all lanes were cleared as of 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.