Bus Crash in Central NY Kills 4

September 12, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM EDT

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Bus Crash in Central NY Kills 4

September 12, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM EDT

LIVERPOOL, NY -(WTVH-TV)- A double decker bus driving from Pennsylvania to Canada hit the railway bridge over the Onondaga Lake Parkway early Saturday morning, killing four people and hospitalizing another 18.

Fire, rescue and police units are still on the scene, as are investigators, after the 2:28 a.m. crash.

The Megabus, a double decker, was reportedly coming from Allentown, Pennsilvania and headed to Toronto. It's not clear if it stopped in Syracuse, but investigators want to know why it was on the Parkway, and how the driver missed the low bridge (10' 9" clearance) signs and flashing lights.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh tells CNY Central the bus hit the bridge, turned sideways, and rolled onto its side.

The driver of the bus survived and is being treated for head injuries. The victims - some in critical condition - were taken to all four Syracuse area hospitals, where the Red Cross has set up mental health counseling for those who are injured and their families. There were 27 total people riding the bus.

Onondaga Lake Parkway is shut down because of the crash. Old Liverpool Road is also blocked because of a train across the roadway in the village near Heid's restaurant, which was stopped from crossing the railroad bridge.