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