People and Students Injured When Charter Bus Struck Overpass in Long Island

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A bus carrying high school students hit a Long Island highway overpass late on Sunday, tearing the roof off the vehicle and injuring at least six people, New York State Police said.

The charter bus was traveling eastbound on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview on Sunday evening when it slammed into the overpass, police said. Thirty-seven other passengers suffered minor injuries.

The injuries ranged from broken bones to cuts and scrapes, according to Candelaria. State Police still need to confirm the actual route through a forensic analysis of the device and passenger interviews.

The driver "obviously wasn't aware of the parkway system" and its restrictions on commercial vehicles, Candelaria said.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

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Gaston was driving east just after 9 a.m. when the 12-foot-tall bus attempted to go under what a sign says is a 7-foot, 7-inch tall Exit 18 overpass at Eagle Avenue in Lakeview, Newsday said.

Police told ABC's NY station WABC that the driver is not from the area and was not aware of the parkway system.

Police say the driver is being tested to make sure he was not impaired.

Police officials investigate the scene of the crash on Sunday night. The Nassau County police and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department set up a mass-casualty treatment triage and saved lives. The ongoing investigation is in its preliminary stages.

'The trip was part of EF Education far as injuries, this was treated as a mass casualty incident, ' Candelaria added. 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.