Tour Bus Crashes En Route to Niagara Falls

At least 57 reported injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2021 5:45 AM CDT
Dozens Injured in New York Tour Bus Crash
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(Newser) – A tour bus bound for Niagara Falls ran off the New York State Thruway and rolled over in central New York, sending more than 50 people to hospitals, state police and a hospital said. Per the AP, the bus landed on its side in the grass around 12:40pm along the highway's westbound side near Weedsport, a village about 25 miles west of Syracuse. Some 57 people were aboard, and all were taken to hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to serious, state police said. It's unclear why the bus veered off the road, troopers said in a news release. Police photos showed papers and other items strewn around the white bus as it rested on the road shoulder. Authorities said that the driver of the JTR Transportation bus has been identified as Fermin Vasquez, 66, of Wingdale, New York. JTR is based out of Poughkeepsie

The bus was headed to Niagara Falls from Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley, local reports said. Juan Gil-Urrego told WSYR-TV that his mother, Ximena Urrego, had arranged the trip, one of many she has planned to various destinations as affordable excursions for residents. The bus left around 6am on one of the last trips Urrego had organized for the summer, he said. A few children were aboard, one possibly just a month old, Gil-Urrego said. His mother was taken to a hospital with glass in her eye and needing back surgery, her son said, but he was just relieved she had survived. “It's a miracle,” especially since another relative survived a bus crash in the past, he said. “This time around, it hits me twice as hard to know that it happened to both of them already, and both of them made it."

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