On Nov. 6, a Trailways tour bus with 52 passengers onboard departed Toronto with a scheduled 6:30 a.m. arrival in New York City. An alleged drunk driver had abandoned his vehicle in the middle of the southbound Interstate 81 at the Nedrow exit, according to Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies. The driver of a tractor-trailer saw the abandoned vehicle and stopped to render aid. The Trailways bus crashed into both the car and the semi before the driver was even able to exit his truck, according to a deputy.

The accident caused injuries to 26 people and was declared a mass casualty event. By approximately 2:30 a.m., a number of physicians and EMR teams had responded to the accident site, according to a detective. A total of three police agencies, eight fire departments and 10 ambulances responded to the site. The accident scene operations were overseen by the Onondaga County Emergency Management Commissioner and the Nedrow Fire Chief.

The driver of the bus was trapped, and it took EMTs and firefighters two hours to free him from the wreckage. He and 25 bus passengers were transported to Upstate University Hospital. He is currently in serious but stable condition. The passengers were treated for various injuries to their faces, chests, backs and lower bodies.

The alleged drunk driver was found by deputies and taken into custody. When the actions of another individual’s impaired driving result in serious injuries, the victims could find themselves wondering what they can do to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills and possible loss of work as a result of the accident. A personal injury lawyer with a background in handling drunk driving accidents could help them to understand their rights and proceed with a personal injury claim.

Source: Syracuse.com, “Doctor, dozens of emergency agencies responded to I-81 bus crash that trapped driver, hurt 26”, Julie McMahon, November 06, 2014.

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