During a press conference, New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated that a "faulty front tire" is believed to have caused the fatal bus crash on Thursday. The private coach bus was carrying 44 passengers, including 40 first-year students from Farmingdale High School who were en route to a music event for band camp at Pine Forest Camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania.
The customary practice that occurs every year
The incident occurred approximately 30 miles away from the bus' destination and 45 miles northwest of New York City, according to The Associated Press. The annual tradition of Farmingdale High School's band camp trip involves around 300 students attending the September back-to-school ritual, including the marching band, colour guard, and kickline team.
Hochul stated that authorities are conducting an ongoing investigation but have tentatively determined that a defective front tire caused the accident.
Disclosing the demise of the two individuals
Mazzone announced that the two individuals who tragically lost their lives in the incident were adult women. Additionally, five students are currently in critical condition. Mazzone provided further details, revealing the two fatalities among the four adults on the bus.
The deceased were Gina Pellettiere, 43, from Massapequa, New York, and Beatrice Ferarri, 77, from Farmingdale. Hochul expressed her gratitude towards the dedicated individuals who serve in uniform during crises, acknowledging their crucial role in this situation. She extended her thanks to both state and local officials.
Acknowledging the significance
The governor also acknowledged the numerous families affected by this tragedy, emphasising the love and support they need. She assured them that the 20 million residents of New York stand with them, recognising the value of their loved ones and the impact their absence would have.
Hochul urged everyone to pray for these families as they recover from this horrific and traumatic experience. Jonathan Eugenio, whose son Anthony Eugenio is a trombone player on the bus, shared that he sustained injuries. Anthony described feeling sore and having a large bump on his leg. He also had blood on his pants from another person who was injured.
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Please make contact with his father
Eugenio expressed his fear and concern upon receiving such news, especially considering the distance between him and his son. Following the bus accident, which resulted in it falling into a 50-foot ravine, Anthony, who is 15 years old, lost his phone. However, he could contact his father after borrowing a classmate's device.
During Thursday's press conference, Mazzone stated that those who sustained critical injuries were transported to six hospitals in Orange County. Mazzone explained that a reunification centre was established at Orange County Community College, specifically in the Diana Physical Education Building on East Conklin Avenue in Middletown, New York.
Given the unfortunate incident
According to reports from ABC News, the students on the remaining five buses returned to Farmingdale. However, the district ensured that they stopped to meet with grief counsellors. Furthermore, NBC New York reports that all after-school activities at Farmingdale High School were cancelled on Thursday in light of the accident.
Mazzone also mentioned that I-84 will remain closed for several more hours as the collision site is being investigated. He added that our collision reconstruction and commercial vehicle enforcement units are currently at the scene.
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