Tuesday, October 18, 2011

City-Bound Bus Collides With Truck On Thruway; Eight Injured

Several people were hurt this morning after a bus and a tractor trailer crashed on the New York State Thruway.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Sloatsburg.

Investigators say the driver of the tractor trailer saw a vehicle floundering in the right lane, slowed down and got rear-ended by the bus.

Seventeen people were on board the New York Trailways bus, which was headed to the city from Kingston.

At one point, two lanes were blocked and delays stretched back for miles.

Eight people, including the driver who had been briefly trapped, were taken to the hospital.

The driver was the most seriously hurt, with injuries to his leg and pelvic area.

The other victims all suffered bumps and bruises.

The company later sent another bus to pick up the uninjured passengers and bring them to the city.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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