Two adults were killed and multiple high school students were injured when a bus carrying students from Farmingdale High School in Long Island, New York, crashed on its way to band camp in Pennsylvania. The accident occurred in Orange County, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. As of the latest update, 18 people, including 16 children and two adults, remain hospitalized, with five students in critical condition.
The bus rolled over and slid off Interstate 84 into a 50-foot ravine, and multiple occupants were ejected from the bus. The two adult victims were identified as Beatrice Ferrari, 77, and Gina Pellettiere, 43. Pellettiere was the school's Band Director. The crash was attributed in part to a faulty front tire, and an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is ongoing.
First responders took 45 minutes to rescue all the victims from the ravine. Farmingdale School District officials were at the scene, and counseling services were provided for the students. Farmingdale High School remained open, offering resources for the affected students and families, with additional counseling planned at a middle school and the high school in the coming days.