NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. – A 14-year-old girl was killed when a commercial bus rolled over in Essex County on I-87 southbound between exits 29 and 30.
State police say a commercial bus operated by Autobus Fleur de Lys of Quebec with 56 passengers veered off the shoulder of the highway at around 8 a.m. Chelssy Mercier, 14, of Quebec died from her injuries. Officials believe she may have been ejected from the vehicle. The teen’s mother was also traveling on the bus.
“The bus did contact a three-wire guide wire type guard rail,” NYS Troop B Commander Major Richard Smith said.
Police said that’s when the bus rolled over into the median. As dozens of state, local and Canadian officials responded to the scene, emergency workers said they found 41 walking but wounded passengers, ten with definite injuries and three with serious injuries. Crews treated the scene as mass casualty.
But before first responders arrived, police said two families traveling from Canada on summer vacation witnessed the accident and stopped to help.
“Attempting to lift the bus off our deceased and helping with CPR,” Smith said.
Passengers are being treated for mostly minor injuries at three area hospitals: Glens Falls Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Glens Falls Hospital is currently treating 9 patients from the bus accident.
Officials say the bus, driven by a 61-year-old Canadian man, was coming from Quebec.
Reconstruction teams are mapping the accident and will continue to investigate. The bus will be impounded at state police headquarters. A cause is undetermined at this time.
Police said there is a black box in the bus, and they hope to gain more information from it.
“It has data recorded on it as to breaking as to speed, and we are going to be able to download that at some point in the future,” Smith said.
Arrangements are being made to get the bus passengers back to Canada with the help of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Sûreté du Québec.
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