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Thursday 13 December 2018

High school pupils injured as coach hits bridge

More than 40 passengers were hurt.

A bus that was carrying teenage passengers is inspected in Lakeview, New York (Kevin Hagen/AP)
A bus that was carrying teenage passengers is inspected in Lakeview, New York (Kevin Hagen/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A coach carrying teenagers returning from a spring break trip has struck a bridge on Long Island, seriously injuring six passengers and mangling the length of the top of the bus.

The crash happened on Sunday night on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, according to New York State Police.

The entire length of the top of the bus was damaged (Kevin Hagen/AP)

One of the six passengers hurt had very serious injuries, said State Police Major David Candelaria. Thirty-seven other passengers suffered minor injuries.

“Everybody was able to walk out except one, which we extricated,” Lakeview Fire Department Chief Patrick McNeill told Newsday.

“There was glass everywhere. The roof of the bus is down to the top of the seat covers.”

Video shows teenagers sitting and standing outside of the white damaged bus, some draped in blankets, as firefighters inspect the wreckage. Multiple ambulances and fire crews attended the scene.

Emergency services at the scene (Howard Schnapp/AP)

The 38 students from various Long Island high schools, along with five chaperones, had just returned from John F Kennedy International Airport and were heading to a shopping centre to meet up with parents, police said.

The driver was being evaluated and did not seem to be familiar with commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway.

The minimum clearance on the parkway is seven feet, 10 inches and accidents involving vehicles striking overpasses is not uncommon on the parkway.

In 2017, there were reports that an electronic alarm system would be installed on the parkway to warn drivers of vehicles too high for the overpass.

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