All high school students who were injured in a bus accident in upstate New York on their way to band camp are expected to recover, according to their school’s superintendent.
The bus, one of six carrying students from Farmingdale High School on Long Island, veered off Interstate 84 and overturned in the center median Thursday in the town of Wawayanda, about 45 miles northwest of the city of New York. Two adults were killed and other passengers were seriously injured.
Paul Defendini, superintendent of Farmingdale schools, said in a statement Saturday that some of the injured students were still struggling but all are expected to recover, Newsday reported.
“I know they appreciate all the well wishes you send our way and we look forward to welcoming you when you are ready to return,” Defendini said.
The bus that crashed was transporting 40 students and four adults to a band camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania, about a 30-minute drive from the crash site.
It was not immediately clear Sunday how many people remained in area hospitals or what their conditions were. Messages were left with state and local officials. State police said Saturday that five passengers remained in critical condition. A total of 16 students and two adults were hospitalized Friday.
The two women who died were band director Gina Pellettiere, 43, of Massapequa, and Beatrice Ferrari, 77, of Farmingdale, a retired teacher who was acting as a chaperone on the trip.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, seeking to prevent similar accidents, officials said.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that tire failure may have been to blame, but the NTSB said it was premature to speculate.
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