School bus crashes in Rockland County; 7 children and driver injured

NEW HEMPSTEAD, Rockland County (WABC) — Police are investigating a crash involving a college bus in Rockland County that despatched seven children and the bus driver to space hospitals.

It occurred earlier than 9 a.m. Thursday on North Southgate Drive in New Hempstead.

The bus was carrying about 22 individuals on board, together with the driver, a 37-year-old man.

Officials mentioned the bus veered off of the street, scraped towards a phone pole and struck a tree earlier than crashing into two vehicles parked in a driveway. One of the vehicles flipped over because of the drive of the influence.

It then continued down a hill, struck a number of bushes, and then slammed into the nook of a home and got here to a cease.

Video from NewsCopter 7 confirmed the overturned car resting towards the facet of the bus.

The crash occurred on a road that had velocity bumps put in just lately after longstanding complaints about buses utilizing residential roads as a shortcut– typically at unsafe speeds.

“The reason why so many buses use this street as a cut-through is if you drive down Union towards 306 or the other side toward 306 there’s a lot of traffic in the morning,” Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs consultant Yossi Gestetner mentioned.

Plenty of the passengers on the bus had been trapped and needed to be rescued by first responders.

The driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern and handled for an abrasion on his head.

As of 1:20 p.m. Thursday, seven of the children had been being cared for on the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, certainly one of them in vital situation whereas the six others had been in truthful situation.

“It’s a very disturbing, shocking scene,” Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht mentioned. “We’re worried about the kids. We’re worried about everybody’s safety. I’m very grateful for our police and all the first responders that very quickly arrived.”

All the opposite college students had been taken again to the varsity to be evaluated.

Officials mentioned the driver was examined and confirmed no indicators of impairment.

The Town of Ramapo Police Department Crash Investigation Unit is investigation the crash.

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