GPS Device Is a Possible Culprit in Long Island Bus Crash

11 April, 2018, 16:58 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • An overpass on a New York Highway sheared off the top of a moving bus injuring more than two-dozen people

Troy D. Gaston, 43, of Bethlehem was behind the wheel of bus carrying 38 students and five chaperones returning from a European trip, according to New York State Police. "There was glass everywhere".

The investigation also revealed Gaston was utilizing a non-commercial vehicle Global Positioning System device, with a planned route via the Belt and Southern State Parkway, according to police.

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.

The vehicle's operator, Journey Bus Line, of Irvington, New Jersey, could not immediately be reached for comment. The height of the Prevost is about 12 feet, according to the bus manufacturer, Newsday reported. The other 23 people hurt are in stable condition.

South Nassau Communities Hospital received several patients, many with blunt force injuries.

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As news reports on the waiting-room television showed the bus their children had been on, a few parents shook their heads as they saw the damage to the vehicle.

The Westbound lanes of the roadway are open, but the eastbound lanes between exits 17 and 19 are now closed. The westbound side had reopened after a brief closure. The bus was stopped between the right lane and the road's shoulder.

Tow trucks were parked on Lakeside Drive - the lake barely visible through the brush - awaiting the end of the investigation.

Police and firefighters respond to the scene of a charter bus accident on the eastbound Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, N.Y., Sunday, April 8, 2018.

In December, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4.3 million project to install an electronic warning system that detects when oversized vehicles enter parkways.

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