A charter bus packed with Long Island teens coming home after spring break in Europe lost its top when it smashed into a bridge overpass Sunday night.
Six of the passengers were seriously injured while 37 more suffered minor injuries in the Southern State Parkway crash just after 9 p.m. in Lakeview, according to New York State Police.
The students were returning home from John F. Kennedy International Airport when the bus crashed into the overpass, mangling the roof and trapping one person.
“Everybody was able to walk out except one, which we extricated,” Lakeview Fire Department Chief Patrick McNeill said, according to Newsday.
“There was glass everywhere. The roof of the bus is down to the top of the seat covers,” McNeill said.
Some of the students who escaped the crash stood outside the bus wrapped in blankets as first responders combed through the wreckage.
The 38 students, whose ages ranged from 16 to 18, were from various Long Island high schools and had been traveling with five chaperones, police said. The group was slated to meet with their parents at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington.
The bus had been chartered through the Irvington, N.J.-based Journey Bus Lines.
The driver, Troy Gaston, of Bethlehem, Pa., told police he was unaware of commercial vehicle restrictions on the parkway. The minimum clearance on the parkway is 7 feet and 10 inches.
Gaston was also hospitalized, according to police.