At Least Two Dead in Steuben County Tour Bus Crash

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM EDT

COHOCTON, N.Y. ( WKBW / On July 17, 2011, at approximately 4:16pm, New York State Troopers in Bath, NY were called to a 2 person fatal bus accident on I-390 in the Town of Avoca, Steuben County.

The bus, owned by Bedore Tours from North Tonawanda, NY left Washington D.C. early Sunday morning, then stopped in Williamsport, PA for lunch.

The bus left Pennsylvania at approximately 2:15pm heading towards Niagara Falls, NY.

At 4:16pm the bus traveling northbound on I-390, left the roadway off the right shoulder, crashed into several trees before overturning.

All 36 passengers and the operator of the bus were treated for injuries, some minor and others injured more seriously,were airlifted to local hospitals.

The Bath Ambulance and Fire Department, Avoca Ambulance and Fire Department, Steuben County Sheriff's Department, Rural Metro Ambulance and the Steuben County Office of Emergency Management were assisting on scene.

The New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is on scene conducting an investigation and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit will conduct an inspection of the bus.

Initial reports allege the bus had a flat tire, but Investigators are looking at any and all factors that may have contributed to the accident.

The I-390 is still closed in the northbound direction and will be for several hours, as of this posting Monday afternoon.

The names of the deceased are not being released at this time. State Police must first notify family members prior to the release of the deceased names.

The Red Cross has also been activated and are assisting State Police and family members of the injured.

The investigation is continuing.

On Sunday, WHAM Channel 13 in Rochester reported:
A spokesperson at Strong Memorial Hospital said four patients are being treated at Strong Hospital.

Three are in guarded condition and one is in satisfactory condition.

Other passengers were taken to hospitals in Bath and Dansville.

State Police are reconstructing the accident at the scene of the crash.

Bedore Tours of North Tonawanda overnight. The company is expected to release an official statement Monday.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow the story throughout the day.