Tour bus carrying over 30 SUNY students lands upside down in Minerva embankment

MINERVA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say several people suffered minor injuries after a commercial bus crashed and overturned on a road in Minerva. The driver of the bus has been identified as 39-year-old Rong Yu Wong of Brooklyn. Investigation determined the cause of the accident was unsafe speed for conditions. Wong was ticketed for failure to reduce speed for conditions.

New York State Police and Essex County emergency services officials say the crash happened Monday morning on Route 28N in the town of Minerva, 75 miles north of Albany. The bus went down an embankment and landed on its roof.

The tour bus was being driven by W&D Tours, of Brooklyn and was southbound on State Route 28N when it slid off the west shoulder of the roadway. The bus toppled over the guide-rail, rolled down an embankment, and came to rest upside down against a tree. The bus was transporting 36 SUNY Maritime College students, who had attended a leadership retreat in Newcomb, NY. Other occupants of the bus included the driver and two staff members. The bus was en route to Bronx.

Troopers say some passengers aboard the bus have minor injuries, but a specific number wasn’t available. County officials say they believe six people out of the approximately 30 on board were injured.

Officials in neighboring Warren County say the initial emergency call came in through the county’s dispatch center at 10:43 a.m.

Heavy snow was falling at the time of the crash, but it’s not known yet if the weather was a factor.

Four of the passengers were transported by rescue from the scene to Glens Falls Hospital, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The remaining passengers were transported by school bus from the scene to Minerva Central School, for temporary shelter.  Sixteen of the the remaining passengers were later transported to Glens Falls Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The State Police were assisted at the scene by Minerva, Johnsburg, Indian Lake, Newcomb, and North Warren rescue squads.  The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit also responded to the scene to assist with the accident investigation.

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