New York City-Bound Tour Bus Crash Upstate Kills One

By Patrick Hedlund on July 22, 2011 3:43pm 

A Chinatown tour bus headed to Philadelphia crashed off the New Jersey turnpike in May, leaving two dead and dozens injured.
A Chinatown tour bus headed to Philadelphia crashed off the New Jersey turnpike in May, leaving two dead and dozens injured.
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MANHATTAN — A tour bus bound for New York City crashed upstate early Friday morning, killing the driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with the coach.

The fiery wreck, which occurred in Waterloo, N.Y. halfway between Syracuse and Rochester about 1:30 a.m., injured 30 of the 53 bus passengers — including two critically — ABC News reported.

The bus was reportedly headed from Ontario, Canada, to the city for a three-day tour, when it stopped on the side of I-90, according to Reuters.

When the coach tried to pull back onto the road, it was rear-ended by the truck, according to the report.

The truck driver, identified as Timothy Hume, 59, of Michigan, died in wreck, ABC reported.

A U.S. Army sergeant who was driving behind the vehicles at the time of the crash helped pull passengers from the flaming wreckage, WSYR-9 reported.

A spokesman from the State Police Department could not be reached for comment.

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