Tuesday, August 29, 2006Some sad news from my old stomping grounds in northern New York...details from WPTZ-TV, Plattsburgh, NY:
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. -- The Greyhound bus that crashed in the Adirondacks Monday night was removed from the scene Tuesday morning and all lanes of Interstate 87 reopened.[More details available at the Montreal Gazette (source image above), CJOB News, and CBC News]
New York State Police said they believe that tire failure caused the bus to crash and flip over on Interstate 87 in Elizabethtown. Five people were killed, including the driver of the Montreal-bound bus, 52-year-old Ronald Burgess of Islip, N.Y. Police also released the names of two other victims: 16-year-old Tambadou Souleymane of Montreal, Canada, and 81-year-old Antonide Dorce of Hempstead, N.Y. The names of the other victims were not released.
Fifty-two passengers were on board at the time of the crash. Thirty-seven passengers were taken to Plattsburgh's Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. Most were treated and released but four remain in critical condition.