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NYC Greyhound Bus Flips in Pennsylvania, 14 Hospitalized

By Tom Liddy | August 13, 2011 11:03am | Updated on August 13, 2011 5:11pm
A Greyhound bus from New York crashed in Pennsylvania Saturday, leaving 14 hospitalized.
A Greyhound bus from New York crashed in Pennsylvania Saturday, leaving 14 hospitalized.
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MANHATTAN — A Greyhound bus from New York flipped over in Pennsylvania, injuring at least 14 of the 25 people on board, authorities said.

The accident unfolded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about a mile east of the Lebanon-Lancaster exit, just after 6 a.m.

The bus, which was bound for St. Louis, lost control while traveling in the left hand lane, smashed into guardrail and then careened across the highway into an embankment where it flipped onto its left side, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The impact left one woman trapped for 1 1/2 hours, according to Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission spokesman Carl DeFebo.

She suffered a broken foot and ankle and was taken to Hershey Medical Center. Another passenger complained of chest pains, DeFebo said.

In all, 21 people left the scene by ambulance, including the driver, Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, of Philadelphia. Fourteen of those were hospitalized, according to a county by the Associated Press.

The extent of the victims' injuries was not immediately clear, but none of the passengers on the bus, which had stopped in Philadelphia, were airlifted to hospitals, DeFebo said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, but Pennsylvania State Police said that they were looking at driver error. There was no criminality suspected in the incident.

Greyhound spokeswoman Maureen Richmond said that four passengers were uninjured and continued on their journey via a relief bus.

"We're conducting a full internal investigation and assisting local authorities," she said.

Concerned family members can call 1-800-972-4583 for further information.

The crash is the latest in a series of smashups involving buses either coming from or headed to the city.

In July, a tour bus bound for New York crashed in upstate Waterloo, killing the driver of a tractor trailer.

In March, 15 people were killed when a Chinatown bus that was headed back from a Connecticut casino crashed in The Bronx.