Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

New York bus crash kills 14

Police are investigating a bus driver's claim he was driven off a highway before his bus slid into a signpost, killing 14 people.

The driver, Ophadell Williams, told police a tractor-trailer clipped his bus as it crossed the New York City line. However, witnesses have told police Williams was speeding before Saturday morning's crash.

The crash, one of the deadliest bus accidents in years, killed 14 people who had travelled for an overnight trip to the casino and were returning to New York's Chinatown. They were aged from 20 to 50.

Captain Matthew Galvin of the NYPD's emergency service unit was one of the first rescuers on the scene. He said when officers clambered into the wreckage, they found “bodies everywhere”. “People were moaning and screaming for help,” he said.

Some of the dead were tangled up with the living. Though dazed, about seven people were able to walk away from the wreck on their own, he revealed. Captain Galvin added that in his 22 years on the job, “it's probably the worst accident I've ever seen in terms of the human toll”.

Around 20 people were treated at local hospitals. Nine, including the bus driver, remain in hospital.

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