A tour bus headed to Niagara Falls from Poughkeepsie, which was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 in the town of Brutus in Cayuga County, crashed Saturday more than two hours away from Niagara Falls. It landed on its side in the grass. It’s unclear why the bus veered off the road, troopers said in a news release. First responders from Cayuga, Onondaga, and Seneca counties were called to the scene. Multiple ambulance rigs responded. All 57 passengers, including the driver,were transported to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. At least two patients from them were transported from Auburn Community Hospital to SUNY Upstate to be treated for more serious injuries. Twenty-five of the patients were taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The passengers included children, one possibly just a month old.There were no reports of any fatalities. Traffic was backed up for miles as one westbound lane of the Thruway was closed for hours following the accident.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. Authorities said that the driver of the JTR Transportation bus has been identified as Fermin Vasquez, 66, of Wingdale, New York. JTR had a “satisfactory” safety rating showing involvement in one non-injury crash (prior to Saturday) in the past 24 months, according to online records of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety AdministrationAuthorities issued a request on social media for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact investigators.