A bus carrying high school band students overturned in New York on Thursday afternoon, leaving at least two people dead and several others injured.
The crash happened on westbound Interstate 84, just south of Middletown, New York, state police told Fox News. At least two adults are dead, and five people are in critical condition, officials said during a press conference early Thursday evening. Several additional individuals are injured.
A spokesperson for the Farmingdale School District on Long Island, New York, told Fox News the bus was carrying members of the high school band.
The bus was headed to Pennsylvania for a band camp, according to a message the school district sent to parents.
Police said a total of 44 people were on the bus.
Gina Pellettiere, 43, and Beatrice Ferrari, 71, were named as the two people killed in the crash.
The school district canceled all afternoon and evening events.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said that the bus, “tumbled down a 50-foot ravine within minutes.”
Hochul said in a statement that she has been briefed on the crash.
“I have been briefed on the tragedy in Orange County, where a bus filled with high school students was involved in an accident, leading to injuries and one fatality. At my direction, personnel from the New York State Police and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are onsite to assist local emergency response teams. We are grateful for the first responders whose speedy action saved lives, and we will continue to support them however necessary. Our hearts are with all who are impacted by this horrific situation,” Hochul said.