24 reported hurt as bus strikes NY bridge overpass

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Video and pictures from the scene shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead show the roof of the bus completely mangled.

"There was glass everywhere", James Cardi, who was in a passing vehicle, told the New York Post.

The top of the bus was sheared off by the collision, which occurred as the bus was traveling late Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, about 20 miles east of New York City.

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'I give credit to the Nassau County Police Ambulance Bureau, Emergency Services Unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department. Two teenagers remained in the hospital with serious injuries Monday, a news report said. Though it was the first time in recent memory that a bus had hit an overpass on the parkway, there have been several accidents involving tractor-trailer drivers who are unfamiliar with the route, he said. It was not clear which schools they were affiliated with, and authorities said the trip was not organized by school officials.

The crumpled bus, its door hanging open, straddled the right lane and the grassy shoulder off the road. Charter buses, tractor trailers, school buses and other tall vehicles are prohibited from the parkways.

Police said the driver was being evaluated and did not seem to be familiar with commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway. The bus was operated by Irvington, New Jersey-based Journey Bus Lines.

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It wasn't just a bump. When an oversized vehicle tripped the sensor, it would trigger a warning message on a full-color LED sign display that alerts the driver of imminent bridge strikes. He will undergo a drug and alcohol test. "If you look at the bus from the side, it's got substantial damage".

Passengers reported hearing someone yell "Duck!" as the bus approached the overpass, Candelaria said, but it was unclear if it was the driver.

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