The out-of-state driver of a charter bus full of high school students that crashed into a low-hanging overpass on a Long Island parkway was using a non-commercial Global Positioning System device that didn't warn him about the hazard in time to prevent an accident that left two passengers seriously injured, police said Monday.
The students and their chaperones were traveling back from John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spring break trip to eastern Europe, police said.
One of the six injured passengers had very serious injuries, said State Police Maj.
The bus driver is not from the Long Island area and may not have known that commercial vehicles are not allowed on the parkway, Candelaria said.
The injuries ranged from broken bones and cuts to scrapes, Candelaria said.
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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 on their way to meet their parents at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, when the bus crashed into the overpass at around 9 p.m. Passengers were seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.
"This was treated as a mass-casualty incident", Candelaria said at a press conference at the scene, adding that more than 10 ambulance companies from around Nassau County responded to the scene. The driver is under review.
The Southern State, like other NY parkways, has overpasses that are lower than the standard legal bridge clearance - a feature that has led to hundreds of bridge strikes over the years. The height of the Prevost is about 12 feet, according to the bus manufacturer, Newsday reported.
The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.
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.