(Reuters) – A bus carrying members of a high school band rolled over and crashed on a highway in New York state on Thursday in what authorities described as a “mass casualty” incident, with CNN reporting at least one fatality.
The bus was carrying members of a high school band from Farmingdale, New York, in Nassau County on a trip to a band camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the Farmingdale School District posted by local media.
“Police and emergency responders [are] on the scene, as well as district administration,” the statement said. It gave no further details.
Few official details were immediately available. The New local media reported the crash occurred along Interstate 84 near the town of Wawayanda, about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of New York City near the northern border with New Jersey. The New York State Police said in an X post that the highway was closed at that point.
At least 46 people were hurt, an NBC affiliate reported, five of them critically, and that most of the victims were young people.
Rescue authorities in Orange County, New York, said they were dealing with a “bus rollover” that they described as a “mass casualty” incident, without providing details.
Footage from the scene showed the bus had a logo for Regency Buses, a regional bus line that serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The company did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago, Doina Chiacu, Kanishka Singh and Rami Ayyub in Washington; Writing by Steve Gorman)
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