School Bus Hits Dump Truck in N.Y.
Oct. 21, 1999
CENTRAL BRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) _ A bus transporting elementary school pupils on a Halloween-time field trip collided with a dump truck this morning, injuring dozens of youngsters.
The students were second-graders at Albany school No. 118. They were being taken to visit a pumpkin patch in Schoharie County, about 30 miles west of Albany, when the crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m.
One child was in critical condition, and three youngsters and an adult were in serious condition Thursday afternoon.
At least 41 other people were taken to hospitals in Albany and elsewhere, authorities said.
``We have a room full of kids here, and we are currently in the process of preparing a list and notifying parents,'' said Tina Swayze, spokeswoman for Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
There were 44 pupils, plus teachers and parent chaperones, on the bus, which was traveling south across an intersection when it was hit in the right rear by the dump truck and spun 180 degrees.
The bus rolled to a stop in grass about 500 feet away from the point of impact. The hood of the bus was ripped off by the impact.
Albany school officials told parents to meet at a local school so they could be transported to whichever hospital their children were taken. Crisis counseling teams were on hand.