Tour bus crash in upstate New York kills one

Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:40pm EDT
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By Aman Ali

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tractor trailer collided with a tour bus in upstate New York on Friday, killing the truck driver, injuring dozens of bus passengers and engulfing both vehicles in flames, state police said.

The crash, the state's third major deadly road accident this week, took place early in the morning as the bus was ferrying some 50 people from the Canadian province of Ontario to New York City on Interstate 90, Trooper Mark O'Donnell said.

Police said bus driver Rene Bisson, 60, of Ontario, had been driving on a suspended license when the crash happened and was charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle without a license.

O'Donnell said Bisson had two speeding tickets in New York that he never took care of, prompting the suspension in 2006.

Prior to the crash, the bus had stopped for an unknown reason on the side of the highway in Junius, New York. It was pulling back onto the roadway when the collision happened, O'Donnell said.

"It attempted to reenter the eastbound lanes when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer," O'Donnell said. "Both vehicles started on fire and were soon engulfed in flames."

The driver of the truck, Timothy Hume of Dreyden, Michigan, was declared dead at the scene. Police said 46 people on the bus were taken to hospitals and 30 of them treated for injuries.

O'Donnell said witnesses helped pull passengers from the fiery wreckage. A crash reconstruction team was on the scene to try to determine exactly what happened, he said.   Continued...