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    The following news article is from a Bus / Tractor Trailer accident yesterday (1/29)

    Four Dead In Bus, Semi Crash
    by R News Staff
    Photos courtesy of Jan Longacre
    Published Jan 29, 2005
    A Coach Canada bus collided with a tractor-trailer Saturday afternoon on Route 390 near Geneseo, Livingston County, resulting in four deaths and four critical injuries.

    The accident occurred just after 4:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of 390 near Groveland Rd.

    Police say the dead are a father, his son, a woman passenger and the driver of the tractor-trailer.

    The bus apparently rear-ended the tractor-trailer and split in half as a result of the collision. The tractor-trailer had been parked on the side of the road while the driver was relieving his dogs.

    His wife, who was inside the 18-wheeler, was not injured.

    R News has learned that the bus was carrying the Windsor (Ont.) Wildcats, a 19-and-under Canadian girls' hockey team. The team comprised 20 of the 435 members of the Sun Parlour Hockey Association.

    The Wildcats had played a morning game at the ESL Arena against the Edge, a girls' team from the Rochester Youth Hockey League. The two teams were scheduled to play again on Sunday.

    The Wildcats were headed to Swain Ski Center, according to a Swain representative.

    Jan Longacre, who lives in the area, was one of the first people to reach the accident scene and took the photos that appear on R News' website,

    “From up above on Groveland Rd., you could view down below,” said Longacre.

    “The bus had appeared to hit the tractor-trailer on the right side, right up the van side on the left side, three-quarters of the way back. Not a very pretty sight.”

    Coach Canada said they are sending four managers to Rochester in the wake of the accident.

    Route 390 southbound at Exit 8/Geneseo has been shut down indefinitely, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department as of 11:15pm Saturday. Southbound traffic is exiting at Route 8 and being directed onto Route 20A westbound toward Geneseo, then south on Route 63. Traffic is being allowed to get back on Route 390 southbound at Exit 7 in Mount Morris.

    Emergency scanner reports volunteer ambulance crews from Dansville, Retsof, Livonia, Avon, Groveland, Hemlock and Lima were dispatched to the scene.

    Mercy Flight tells R News that four air ambulances from the region were also called to assist. Three arrived at Strong's Trauma center by 8 p.m. Saturday. The fourth was called off.
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    Four dead in Ont. hockey team's bus accident
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Authorities are trying to determine why a bus carrying a Canadian women's hockey team suddenly swerved and collided with a tractor trailer in western New York, splitting the bus in half and killing four people.

    A state police spokesman says the truck driver, who was standing outside his rig, and three passengers on the bus were killed.

    "A man and his son and a woman were killed on the bus, and the truck driver was killed," Maj. Steve White of the New York State Police told reporters Saturday.

    None of the victims' identities have been released.

    The bus was carrying female players from the Windsor Wildcats team, as well as parents and coaches.

    It rear-ended the truck parked on the shoulder of Interstate 390 near Geneseo, New York.

    The team played a game Saturday and was on its way to a ski resort when the crash happened in the late afternoon.

    Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester admitted 19 patients with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

    Reporting from Rochester, N.Y., CTV's Peter Murphy said Sunday morning that three of the victims remain in guarded condition in intensive care.

    "Ten are in satisfactory condition with various injuries, including broken bones, and six were treated here at the hospital in the emergency department and then released," Murphy said.

    New York state police say they're interviewing witnesses, including the bus driver, to try to sort out what happened.

    "(The driver's) a Canadian. He's from Windsor, we understand, and the police want to talk to him. They want to know what happened," reported Murphy.

    A guard is posted at the driver's hospital room to ensure he doesn't try to leave the U.S., according to Tom Moran of the Livingston County district attorney's office.

    Right now, the driver said he can't remember what made him swerve, according to Gavin Reynolds, a reporter with the ABC affiliate in Rochester who spoke to CTV Newsnet late Saturday.

    Road conditions at the time of the accident were reportedly dry and very good, according to Murphy.

    According to a New York State police spokesman, the bus was shoved ahead almost 30 metres by the impact.

    The truck driver had stopped, apparently, to let his dog out. He was walking around on the side of the bus with the dog, when somehow the bus careened off the road and rammed into the bus, splitting it open.

    The truck driver was outside his rig and was killed instantly. His wife was in the truck and was injured.

    Amazingly, the bus's driver survived the crash. Some other people walked away from the crash scene despite the crash's violence.

    "I think (the police) are pretty surprised by that," Reynolds said. "They pretty much say it was the worst they have ever responded to."

    Murphy described the right side of the bus as being "split open like a tin can."

    All this happened on Interstate Highway 390, about 45 kilometres south of Rochester. As an interstate, it has a speed limit of just under 105 kilometres per hour. Police aren't saying speed was a factor, Reynolds said.

    Twenty-two members of the Windsor, Ont. Wildcats hockey team, who range in age from 17 to 20, were on the bus. Some parents and the team's coaches were also on board.

    With reports from CTV's Peter Murphy, Scott Laurie, ABC affiliate reporter Gavin Reynolds and files from The Associated Press
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