2 Killed, At Least 5 Critically Injured After Bus Carrying High-Schoolers Crashes On Highway

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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.

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.

A family reunification center for victims of the crash has been opened at SUNY Orange County Community College in Middletown, County Executive Steve Neuhaus said on Facebook.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office held a press briefing about the incident at 6 p.m. on Thursday night, per Neuhaus.