SYRACUSE – The investigation into a bus crash that injured 57 people in New York State continued Monday.
The tour bus bound for Niagara Falls ran off the State Thruway west of Syracuse and rolled over Saturday afternoon, sending more than 50 people to hospitals.
The bus landed on its side in the grass on the highway’s westbound side. Almost all of the bus’s windows had been blown out, Port Byron Fire Chief Corey Rooker told Syracuse.com.
“You could tell when you saw the tracks it left that the bus had been on quite a ride,” Rooker said. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years. This is something I have never seen in terms of the number of people injured.”
Many of the injured appeared to be families with small children, officials say.
First responders from a number of local units were aided by Good Samaritans who stopped to help, including one person who dropped off a dozen first-aid kits.
All 57 people aboard the bus were taken to area hospitals including the driver, identified as Fermin Vasquez, 66, of Wingdale, New York. The bus was operated by JTR Transportation of Poughkeepsie.
State police were investigating the cause of the crash and hadn’t speculated why the bus veered off the highway.