I-95 Bus Crash: Connecticut Accident Linked To Weather

February 9, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

An I-95 bus crash has left several people injured. The Dahlia tour bus, which was transporting 70 people from New York to Connecticut, crashed on Interstate 95 because of heavy snow, leaving at least 30 passengers with minor injuries.

I-95 Bus Crash

An I-95 bus crash is being blamed on the harsh weather. A Dahlia tour bus, which was carrying a group of about 70 people from New York City to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, spilled on its side in snowy conditions on Monday afternoon.

The accident took place near exit 61 on the northbound side of the highway and caused a traffic jam of epic proportion. About 30 people were injured in the crash – but thank goodness none of the injuries were life-threatening. Uninjured passengers were seen walking out of the flipped bus to a nearby gym.

In a statement issued by the Yale Trauma Center in New Haven, it was revealed that 22 people arrived at the medical center, and 4 of them were in critical condition. Yale-New Haven Hospital spokesman Mark D’Antonio said that it took ambulances much longer than normal to get the critically injured people to the hospital due to poor driving conditions. D’Antonio stated:

“They initially expected worse in the field and told us to prepare for the worst. Once they got down to nuts and bolts and triaged everybody, they realized it was not as serious as they thought.”

D’Antonio added that the hospital trains, at least, six times per year for major events that can lead to mass casualties, so they were prepared for this situation. Dannel Malloy, the current governor of Connecticut, also issued a statement on the accident:

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and receive updates in real-time. Public safety is our top priority and our office continues to work with state agencies and emergency management officials to that end. Our thoughts are with those who are injured, and we extend our gratitude to the first responders who are working to protect the safety of all those involved. We urge all those who must travel to use added caution, allow extra time to travel, and reduce speeds as conditions warrant.”

The bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash, and it is not yet known if there were other factors, (speed, drugs, fatigue), that lead to the accident.

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