NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — At least one person is dead and 30 injured after a New York City-bound tour bus and tractor-trailer crashed in upstate New York.
Police said the bus was pulling back onto the highway when it was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 90 near Waterloo at around 1:30 a.m. Both vehicles erupted in flames following the crash.
The tour bus was carrying 52 people.
The driver of the truck, 59-year-old Timothy Hume, of Dryden, Mich., was killed, police said.
The injured were taken to hospitals in the Rochester area. There was no immediate word on their conditions. Some were airlifted by helicopter to area hospitals.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says 32 people have been killed and 323 injured in tour bus crashes so far this year.
There have been a spate of tour bus crashes in the New York City area recently, prompting calls for new legislation regulating them. In March, a bus bound for Chinatown rolled over onto its side and smashed into a pole, killing fifteen people.
Since the crash, there have been some 3,000 surprise bus inspections throughout the state, State Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said. Some 304 drivers and 238 buses have been pulled off the road.
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