ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A tour operator whose bus crashed in upstate New York says the vehicle's front tires were only a couple of months old.
One of them evidently blew out and sent the bus veering out of control off an interstate, killing two people and injuring 35.
Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association, speaking for Bedore Tours, says that a federal inspection last year gave the firm a "satisfactory" rating, the top of three grades.
He says the review found 12 vehicles inspected from the fleet of 19 were in good working order. It wasn't clear if those included the bus in the accident.
Ronan says the driver called Bedore owner John O'Hare from his hospital bed and said the trip was normal until a tire blew and he lost control Sunday near Avoca, 55 miles south of Rochester.
Police: Tire likely blew out on fatal DC-to-NY tour bus
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - State police suspect a tire blew out on a tour bus moments before it veered off a highway and overturned in western New York, killing two passengers and seriously injuring three others.
Police spokesman Mark O'Donnell says the bus was carrying Indian nationals from Washington, D.C., to Niagara Falls. The driver lost control Sunday and ran off Interstate 390 into woods near Avoca, 55 miles south of Rochester, injuring 35 people.
Ambulances and helicopters took seven of the most seriously victims to a hospital in Rochester, and three are in guarded condition there.
O'Donnell says Monday that investigators believe "there was a flat tire just prior to the accident" but the cause of the wreck remains under scrutiny.
Authorities were set to release more information Monday afternoon.
Two dead, 35 injured as tour bus from D.C. to Niagara Falls crashes in New York
BATH, N.Y. (AP) - New York state police say a tour bus heading from Washington, D.C., to Niagara Falls crashed in a wooded median in western New York, killing two people and injuring 35.
Spokesman Mark O'Donnell says the crash happened on Interstate 390 at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. He says the bus owned by Bedore Tours of North Tonawanda near Buffalo left Washington on Sunday morning and stopped for lunch in Pennsylvania.
O'Donnell says a preliminary report indicates that a tire blowout may have caused the driver to lose control about 55 miles southeast of Rochester.
In January 2005, a bus chartered by a Canadian women's youth hockey team rammed a parked tractor-trailer along I-390 near Geneseo, killing four people. Investigators determined the driver's lack of sleep and inexperience led to the crash.
WHAM in Rochester reports that two have been confirmed dead and that there were 30 or more people on board. A tire blowout is being looked at as the possible cause.
Tour bus crashes in western NY; at least 12 hurt
BATH, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a tour bus has crashed on Interstate 390 in western New York's Steuben County, injuring at least 12 people and shutting down the highway.
The crash happened Sunday night about 55 miles southeast of Rochester. A spokeswoman at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester says three patients were brought there by helicopter and one by ambulance.
A spokesman at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Danville says eight were brought there.
Neither state police nor the sheriff's office would give details on the crash.
In January 2005, a bus chartered by a Canadian women's youth hockey team rammed a parked tractor-trailer along I-390 near Geneseo, killing four people. Investigators determined the driver's lack of sleep and inexperience led to the crash, but a grand jury declined to indict him.