At least six people were killed in upstate New York Saturday morning and three others injured when a truck collided with a bus on a highway, police said.
Officials called the scene “gruesome,” according to WWNY-TV.
An express bus crashed with a freightliner box truck on State Route 37 in Louisville near the Canadian border just after 6 a.m. ET, New York State Police said in a release.
More than a dozen passengers were on the bus when the crash happened. One driver was in the truck.
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The highway was closed for around 12 hours before reopening Saturday evening around 5 p.m. as police worked the scene, WWNY reported.
One of the victims was in critical condition and the other two were in serious condition, police said.
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“Everybody worked really good together,” St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Matt Denner said, according to WWNY. “Everybody was on the same page. But like I said it was a very difficult scene for everyone there. We had ambulances from Potsdam from Canton, Ogdensburg, Norfork. We were not lacking transporting agencies or EMTS.”
Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.
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The cause of the crash is under investigation. The road was snowy at the time, WWNY reported.