Hospitals Handle Injured Bus Passengers

By Christine Souders |

Published 07/18 2014 08:39PM

Updated 07/18 2014 09:44PM

ELIZABETHTOWN, NY - After a charter bus crashed on the New York Northway, all the people on board were taken to five area hospitals.

At the Elizabethtown Community Hospital between 30 to 35 passengers were taken here to be treated for injuries. Most of them were expected to be have been released by Friday night and return home to Quebec.

56 people were on the bus from as young as age 6 to age 61.

"Most of the bulk of patients went to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Two of those went to CVPH. One to Fletcher Allen," says Patty Bashaw, EMS coordinator.

Police say a teenage girl died in the crash and three people needed immediate care, although New York State Police say their injuries don't appear to be life threatening.

Some of the passengers suffered bumps and bruises, lacerations, and broken bones.

Elizabethtown Hospital officials say patients started coming in to the emergency room around 9 o'clock Friday morning.

"We cleared the emergency room. We called additional staff. Nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, radiology staff. We also called a lot of volunteer translators that we have in our local community because we knew this bus was coming from Canada, and we knew language may be a barrier," says Jane Hooper, director of communications, Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Officials say a similar bus crashed happened before on Interstate 87 in 2006. That time 5 people were killed.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital says after that incident they made changes which prepared them for this incident.

"So we're ready. We're always ready for events that can happen in our area. So we have procedures in place. We have a staff that's wonderful in terms of handling these things," says Hooper.

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