One person killed, others hurt after bus from Canada crashes on Northway in Lake George

One person killed in tour bus crash

One person killed in tour bus crash

One person has died in a rollover bus crash on the Northway in Lake George, State Police said.

The crash happened at about 12:43 p.m. Friday. A total of 23 people were on the Skyway Coach Line bus including the bus driver, that was heading from Montreal and traveling south. In addition to the one fatality, there is one passenger with serious injuries. Other passengers have non-life-threatening injuries have been taken to area hospitals. Glens Falls Hospital is treating 12 patients.

All southbound lanes of the Northway near Exit 23 in Lake George are closed.

One person has been airlifted to Albany Medical Center with serious injuries.

The bus originated in Montreal and was headed to New York City, according to Warren County officials.

County spokesman Don Lehman said eight people were taken to Glens Falls Hospital, and 11 were evaluated on scene and taken to the Lake George Fire Department. 

County Administrator John Taflan said the bus was made up mostly of Canadians and some Swiss citizens who were going to catch flights to get back home.

Multiple fire agencies responded to the scene including Lake George, Bolton, Warrensburg, North Warren, West Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Queensbury EMS and Johnsburg EMS, according to Lehman. 

Lehman said the American Red Cross is helping the passengers find temporary shelter if needed. They will be staying at the Fort William Henry Hotel and meals will be provided. The Warrensburg Fire Department and the Warren County Veterans Services will be providing transportation to shelters.

Officials said some people have made arrangements to be picked up.

State Police said the coach was from Skyway Coach Line. The bus was marked as a FlixBus. FlixBus sent out a statement confirming that the bus was heading for midtown Manhattan but had no additional information to release. Authorities are on site and conducting a full investigation.

The company said people who believe they may have relatives on board can contact FlixBus at 844-944-2086 or email with questions. 

State Police is handling the investigation. They are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the bus before the crash to contact Troop G headquarters at 518-783-3211. They are also asking the public to check to see if they have any dashcam videos of the incident.

Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a statement on the matter, saying that State Police and the Department of Transportation immediately responded and are performing rescue operations.

“I join the people of New York in praying for the well-being of all involved in this horrific incident and am deeply grateful for the heroic efforts of our first responders,” she said.

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