CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - New York State Police say a 64-year-old Saratoga Springs woman is dead after a Vermont college tour bus was involved in a collision with two other vehicles on the Northway near Clifton Park late Tuesday morning.
State police say the deceased is 64-year-old Barbara Weinstein from Dobbs Ferry in the Porsche vehicle which state police say "spun out in front of the bus for no reason" likely causing the crash.
The driver of the Porsche, 65-year-old Steven Weinstein, from Saratoga Springs, is in serious but stable condition with multiple fractures at Albany Medical Center.
Four students on the tour bus carrying the St. Michael's College men's lacrosse team suffered minor injuries.
A third vehicle, a van-type vehicle was also involved in the crash, police say. The driver was uninjured.
State Police say the tour bus was carrying the men's lacrosse team consisting of 34 players and three coaches from St. Michael's College in Vermont. According to a state trooper, the bus was heading from St. Michael's College to a game at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry - the same place the team was heading.
Witnesses tell State Police the accident occurred when the car involved acted as a "catalyst" and spun out on the wet highway and hit the bus. The bus landed on its side off the road. The accident happened just before noon Tuesday.
Police say it may be a week before they know the cause of the accident.
"Luckily our bus driver did a phenomenal job of keeping us safe and taking care of the team," Saint Michael's lacrosse team head coach Patrick Ivory said. "All of the players had the ability to talk to their parents on the phone just to let them know they were safe"
Saint Michael's College released the following statement:
"As the accident is still under investigation, and may be for a considerable length of time, we cannot comment on any further details at this time. Our attention and resources are committed to supporting our student-athletes and staff members involved in the accident."
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Officials are looking into all facets of the accident and the weather was rainy and the roadway was wet at the time of the accident.
Officials ask that anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact the New York State Police at 518-783-3211 with information on what they witnessed.
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