One person died and dozens of others were injured after a bus carrying a high school band from Long Island crashed on a New York highway and went down an embankment on Thursday afternoon, the authorities said.
The bus was one of six coach buses traveling to an annual marching band camp in Pennsylvania for high school students, according to a spokeswoman for the Farmingdale School District on Long Island.
It went off the road on a section of I-84 in the town of Wawayanda, in Orange County, a spokesman for the Slate Hill Fire Department said. Details about what caused the accident were not immediately available.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York confirmed the fatality in a statement.
“At my direction, personnel from the New York State Police and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are onsite to assist local emergency response teams,” she said. “We are grateful for the first responders whose speedy action saved lives and we will continue to support them however necessary. Our hearts are with all who are impacted by this horrific situation.”
Five people were hospitalized in critical condition, said Steven M. Neuhaus, the county executive of Orange County.
Samantha Pascal, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, said that multiple law enforcement, emergency responders, and fire agencies had responded to the scene, which she described as the site of an “active investigation.”
The westbound lanes of the highway were closed because of the investigation, the New York State Police said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
This is a developing story and will be updated.