A tragic incident occurred in Orange County on Thursday afternoon when a bus transporting high school students from Farmingdale High School in Nassau County to band camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania, veered off I-84. The accident resulted in the loss of one life, and at least 46 individuals sustained injuries, with five of them in critical condition.
The collision took place on the westbound lanes of I-84 in Wawayanda at 1:20 p.m. As a result of the accident, westbound lanes were closed at exit 15 for an ongoing investigation, with the expectation of a prolonged closure of the highway, according to New York State Police.
The fatality in the accident is presumed to be an adult, while the five critically injured individuals are believed to be juveniles. Those injured were transported to both Westchester County Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center in Wallkill for medical attention.
The Farmingdale School District has announced that students from bus 1 will be reunited with their families at Orange County Community’s Diana Physical Education Building. Meanwhile, students from buses 2-6 are en route back to Farmingdale, where they will have the opportunity to meet with grief counselors to assist them through this challenging situation.
Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her condolences and gratitude for the swift response of first responders, acknowledging that their actions saved lives. She pledged continued support for the affected individuals and their families, recognizing the profound impact of this tragic event.
“Personnel from the New York State Police and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are onsite to assist local emergency response teams,” Hochul said in a statement. “We are grateful for the first responders whose speedy action saved lives and we will continue to support them however necessary. Our hearts are with all who are impacted by this horrific situation.”