Bus crash kills 14 in the US af­ter a trip to the casino

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

A BUS re­turn­ing Satur­day to New York City from a casino over­turned on a high­way and was sliced, end to end, by the sup­port pole for a large sign, killing 14 peo­ple and maim­ing oth­ers.

Many of the pas­sen­gers on the bus were res­i­dents of Man­hat­tan’s China town. They ranged in age from 20 to 50, of­fi­cials said.

The driver, who sur­vived, told po­lice he lost con­trol while t ry­ing t o evade a s werv­ing t r ac­tor t r ai l er. Po­lice be­gan a hunt for the truck, which did not stop af­ter the crash, New York Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ray­mond Kelly said. It was un­clear whether the ve­hi­cles made con­tact, he said.

The early morn­ing wreck left a scene of car­nage and closed the In­ter­state-95 for hours while emer­gency work­ers at­tended to crit­i­cally in­jured sur­vivors and re­moved bod­ies.

The bus was headed to Man­hat­tan’s Chi­na­town loaded with pas­sen­gers re­turn­ing from the Mo­he­gan Sun casino.

As the bus took eva­sive ac­tion, it hit a guard rail, scraped along it for 9 0 me­tres, top­pled and crashed into the sup­port post for a high­way sign.

The pole en­tered through the front win­dow, then sheared the bus from front to back along the win­dow line, Of­fi­cials say the bus was car­ry­ing at least 31 pas­sen­gers. Most were hurled to the front of the bus, fire chief Ed­ward Kil­duff said.

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