This article has been updated with new information from News12 Long Island that was reported Thursday evening to reflect the correct number of casualties and possible cause of the crash.
A charter bus crash in Orange County, New York, killed two adults and critically injured at least five students Thursday, News12 Long Island reported.
The bus, which was carrying the Farmingdale High School Band, hurtled off Interstate 84 and plummeted into an embankment, according to The Associated Press (AP). New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul says a faulty front tire may have caused the crash, per News12 Long Island.
The crash reportedly occurred in the town of Wawayanda, about 45 miles northwest of New York City. The bus was headed to Pennsylvania to drop the students off at a band camp, the Farmingdale Union Free School District said, according to The AP.
A charter bus carrying a Long Island marching band crashed Thursday afternoon in Orange County. Officials say the bus was carrying the Farmingdale High School Marching Band when it rolled over and down an embankment near Exit 15 on I-84 near the town of…
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Some of the injured were taken to various Orange County, NY, hospitals, including Garnet Health Medical, Westchester Medical Center and Bon Secours Community Hospital, according to CBS. (RELATED: 20 Dead After South African Bus Erupts In Flames Due To Head-On Crash. Video Shows Aftermath)
Video posted to social media shows the overturned bus laying on its side in a ravine.
🇺🇸 — DEVELOPING: Fatal bus crash in Waywayanda, NY, 50 injured, 6 in critical condition. The bus has overturned and fallen off a cliff.
Kiryas Joel Hatzolah and Catskills Hatzolah have been asked to assist with multiple ambulances. pic.twitter.com/EofoTNZSp0
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office held a press briefing about the incident at 6 p.m. on Thursday night, per Neuhaus.