A severe crash involving a tractor-trailer and a tour bus sent more than thirty people to the hospital on Friday, February 21, 2014.
According to reports, the accident occurred after the tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocking the northbound lanes of a highway in West Haven, Vermont. The tour bus crested a hill before the driver saw the jackknifed tractor-trailer, and the driver lost control of his bus as he attempted to avoid the truck. The bus, which was carrying 32 passengers including the driver, slammed into the guardrails on the side of the road, then collided with the trailer.
The bus driver, 59-year-old Darnell Hannah of Millstone, NJ, was pinned in the bus with critical injuries. Emergency responders were eventually able to free him, but he died upon arrival at a nearby hospital. The other 31 passengers on the bus were transported to two local hospitals, Porter Hospital in Middlebury and Rutland Regional Medical Center, with mostly minor injuries. Two of the passengers, however, suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer, 34-year-old Haroon Kalid of Scotrun, PA, was also transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center with injuries.
Police say that icy roads were a contributing factor in the accident. Traffic was blocked for several hours as emergency responders treated the injured individuals and cleared the roadway.
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