Bus hits overpass on Long Island

A commercial bus owned by Journey bus lines from Irvington New Jersey was traveling eastbound on the Southern State Parkway where it struck the Eagle Avenue overpass' Major David Candelaria said

Police said the driver - identified as Troy D. Gaston of Bethlehem, Pa. - was being evaluated and did not seem to be familiar with commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway.

Gaston was driving east just after 9 a.m. when the 12-foot-tall bus attempted to go under what a sign says is a 7-foot, 7-inch tall Exit 18 overpass at Eagle Avenue in Lakeview, Newsday said. "I give credit the Nassau County police ambulance bureau's emergency services unit and the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department".

'They set up a mass casualty treatment triage and probably saved lives'.

Two passengers suffered serious injuries, five others received moderate injuries and about three dozen were lightly hurt in the accident, State Police Major David Candelaria said. Police did not say which schools the students were affiliated with. Buses and trucks are not allowed on the parkway because of the low height of the overpasses.

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"The trip was part of EF Education Tours", Candelaria said.

Passengers were also seen covered in blankets as they waited outside.

The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

"It's a high-impact strike", Candelaria said.

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The Eagle Avenue overpass in Lakeview, with a clearance of less than 10 feet, is among the lowest on the Southern State, police said.

During a press conference, New York State Police Maj.

Passengers reported hearing someone yell "Duck!" as the bus approached the overpass, Candelaria said, but it was unclear if it was the driver. In 2017, there were reports that an electronic alarm system would be installed on the parkway to warn drivers of vehicles too high for the overpass. "If you look at the bus from the side, it's got substantial damage".

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