Bus strikes Long Island overpass, injuring high school students

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A bus carrying high school students crashed into a highway overpass in the USA state of NY, injuring most of the 44 passengers on board, media reported, citing local police.

The 38 students, ranging in age from 16 to 18, and five adult chaperones were returning to Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington after an Eastern European trip organized through EF Tours, police said.

Numerous injuries were serious and some of the passengers had to be extricated, according to New York State Police Major David Candelaria. Two of the injuries were serious, five of the injuries were moderate and the remainder of the injuries were minor in nature.

The injuries ranged from broken bones and cuts to scrapes, Candelaria said.

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All eastbound lanes were closed, state police said.

"There's no commercial traffic allowed on the parkway what-so-ever", says Major David Candelaria, with the NYS Police.

The top of the bus was clipped off after reportedly hitting an overpass near Exit 19 in Lakeview just after 9 p.m. Passengers were seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

The minimum clearance on the parkway is 7 feet, 10 inches and accidents involving vehicles striking overpasses are not uncommon on the parkway.

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According to police, the initial investigation revealed that Gaston possessed a valid Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License.

'I give credit to the Nassau County Police Ambulance Bureau, Emergency Services Unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department.

An overpass on a New York Highway sheared off the top of a moving bus injuring more than two-dozen people. 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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