Police told ABC's NY station WABC that the driver is not from the area and was not aware of the parkway system.
New York State Police say the crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview. Six of the passengers were seriously injured and 37 suffered more minor injuries, officials said.
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Thirty-eight students, mostly between the ages of 16 and 18, the driver and five chaperones were on the bus at the time of the crash. Police did not say which schools the students were affiliated with. No one answered the phone Monday morning at bus company in South Amboy, New Jersey. So far, News 12 is told it seems the driver was unware of the vehicle restrictions on the parkway because he is based out of state.
'The trip was part of EF Education Tours.as far as injuries, this was treated as a mass casualty incident, ' Candelaria added. The bus was stopped between the right lane and the road's shoulder.
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The infrared sensors detect vehicles that are too tall nearing or entering a parkway ramp and trigger an alert to the driver on an overhead electronic road sign that warns the driver to pull over.
Detectors were to be positioned at the top of ramps and "relay an invisible beam that is set at a specific bridge clearance height for the area, the statement said". The system would also send an alert to the state's Department of Transportation, which would then notify state police, according to the Baldwin Herald.
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Emergency responders used ladders, placed against the side of the bus, to get the passengers off of the vehicle.
Published witness accounts said the roof of the bus was pushed down to the top of the seats and the full length of the vehicle went under the bridge.
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