One dead and at least 46 injured after a charter bus packed with Farmingdale High School students attending band camp crashes off an embankment on I-84 in Orange County, New York
- The accident happened shortly before 1.30pm and initial reports indicate that numerous passengers are being treated.
- This is a breaking news story
One person has been confirmed dead. At least five are in critical condition after a Greyhound bus carrying students to band camp fell off an embankment in upstate New York.
Dozens of emergency workers have arrived at the scene of the crash, which injured up to 50 people.
The bus reportedly overturned on the two-lane highway in the Orange County city of Wawayanda just before 1:30 p.m.
It was one of six that transported 300 students from Farmingdale High School in Nassau County to a band camp music event in Greeley, Pennsylvania, ABC7 reported.
It appears the bus left the busy roadway and fell down an embankment before coming to rest in a heavily wooded area. Sources told the channel that at least five passengers were in critical condition.
Rescue workers try to save the injured on board
Route 84 westbound is closed at Exit 15 while first responders respond to the scene
Ladders were lifted to the overturned bus to reach the passengers
“We were informed that there had been an accident on the 1 bus en route to Greeley, PA for band camp,” Farmingdale School District said in a statement
‘Police and emergency services on site, as well as the district administration. We will provide another update as more information becomes available. We ask for your patience as we gather more details.”
Two Medivac helicopters evacuated some injured people.
New York State Police said westbound Route 84 was closed at Exit 15 as the investigation continued.
A spokesperson for SUNY Orange said the university’s physical education center will be used as a family information/reunification center.
Helicopters gave an idea of the scale of the efforts to rescue the injured children
Dozens of rescue vehicles arrived on the scene within minutes of the accident
The tumbling bus crushed trees and shrubs as it fell down the slope
Rescuers use ropes to navigate down the steep slope to where the bus was located
This is a breaking news story.