The out-of-state driver of a charter bus full of high school students that crashed into a low-hanging overpass on a Long Island parkway was using a non-commercial Global Positioning System device that didn't warn him about the hazard in time to prevent an accident that left two passengers seriously injured, police said Monday.
The charter bus was traveling eastbound on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview when it slammed into the overpass, police said, shearing off the top of the bus.
Police say the driver and the 43 passengers were taken to the hospital; two with serious injuries and five with what they are calling moderate injuries. About 30 people escaped with minor injuries.
The bus driver is not from the Long Island area and may not have known that commercial vehicles are not allowed on the parkway, Candelaria said. David Candelaria said during a press conference. State Police still need to confirm the actual route through a forensic analysis of the device and passenger interviews.
With a height of just under 8 feet, the overpass "has one of the lowest clearances of any bridge on any Long Island parkway", the Baldwin Herald reported in 2015.
An overpass on a New York Highway sheared off the top of a moving bus injuring more than two-dozen people.
Police confirmed the individual operating the bus has a valid driver's license. They were part of a group of 38 students and five chaperones who had arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spring break trip to Europe and were heading to a drop-off location in Huntington Station.
"It's a high-impact strike", Candelaria said.
Police officials investigate the scene of the crash on Sunday night.
'I give credit to the Nassau County Police Ambulance Bureau, Emergency Services Unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department.