Bus From New Square Overturns on Route 17


A bus carrying 20 bachurim from the Yeshiva Gedolah in New Square for a Shabbos in the mountains overturned on Route 17 near Exit 114 in the vicinity of Bloomingburg, NY around 1:30 pm on Friday, January 24.

Paramedics from Hatzalah of Bloomingburg and Kiryas Yoel rushed to the scene, and six ambulances were requested while medivac helicopters were readied on standby. 4 boys were evacuated to local hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries, according to reports from NewSquareMedia.

The probable cause of the accident was the failure of the bus to negotiate a sharp curve on Mamakating Road near VFW Road, State Police spokesman Trooper Steven Nevel said.

Mamakating Road (CR-171) was closed to traffic at both the exit off Route 17 and in the Village of Wurtsboro for hours while a crew worked to upright the bus and remove it, according to the Times Herald-Record.

NYS Department of Transportation reported that Sullivan County Emerency Crews cleared CR-171 and it was open to traffic by 5:00 P.M. on Friday.

Local paramedics told Hamodia that one patient was transported to Westchester Medical Center to be treated for a collapsed lung, and one person had a minor fracture. By Sunday morning, all patients have returned home.

Updated Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 10:11 am All patients returned home