11 hospitalized after Thruway charter bus crash

Nearly a dozen people were hospitalized this morning when their charter bus slammed into a tractor-trailer along the New York State Thruway in Sloatsburg. Police say the accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. when a bus carrying 17 commuters from Kingston, N.Y., to the Port Authority in Manhattan rear-ended a truck as both vehicles slowed to make way for merging traffic. The bus driver, 57-year-old Dean Vardakis, kept the bus upright, but crashed into a guard rail. While the barrier prevented the bus from tumbling down a steep embankment, the driver got trapped in the front seat. "The bus driver required quite a bit of time to extricate him from the vehicle," said Sgt. John Antonelli, of state police. Eight passengers were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, and three others were taken to Nyack Hospital. All are expected to recover. The remaining passengers were put on another bus and continued on to Manhattan.11 injured in tour bus crash on NYS Thruway

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