Farmingdale bus crash: Two dead after bus carrying high school band crashes on I-84 in New York

Two adults were killed when a charter bus carrying members of a high school band crashed on Interstate 84 in Orange County, New York.

Just before 1.30 p.m. ET Thursday, a bus carrying members of the Farmingdale High School band crashed down a steep embankment, with authorities saying a flat tire is the likely cause of the crash.

The two adults killed were identified as the group's director Gina Pelletier, 43, and retired social studies teacher Beatrice Ferrari, 77.

The group of 300 students from Long Island was traveling in a convoy of six buses from Nassau County to a band camp event in Pennsylvania, according to ABC 7 NY.

“A bus that literally fell into a 50 foot ravine within minutes. It's outstanding,” said New York Governor Kathy Hotchul. “Although it is preliminary, it is possible that a defective front tire contributed to the accident. Although, again, this is still under investigation. This is a preliminary decision.”

Hochul said 5 to 6 students were seriously injured.

“There are a lot of families that need a little love tonight, and we're extending that from 20 million New Yorkers,” Hotchul said. “So let's keep them in our prayers tonight and as they recover from this horrible, traumatic experience.”

What resulted was a “major traffic accident” in which one person, an adult, was killed, according to the Associated Press. Dozens of other people were injured, with initial reports saying five young people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

Several teams of emergency responders can be seen tending to accidents in helicopter video.

It is unclear how many students or adults were on the overturned bus, but initial reports say at least 46 people were injured, many of them young.

Footage showed first responders using ladders and ropes to reach the bus that was on its side on the embankment.

At X, formerly known as Twitter, the New York State Police he said that the westbound lane at Exit 15, near the town of Wawayanda, was closed for the crash investigation.

Orange County Emergency Management wrote on Facebook that I-84 is “expected to remain closed for several hours” and asked drivers to plan an alternate route.

They added that they were setting up a family reunification center at SUNY Orange County Community College.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer told X that he was “monitoring the reports of this bus accident” and added that he was “praying for the students, passengers, families and everyone involved.”

“What started out as an incredibly beautiful day in upstate New York, our students left Farmingdale High School on their way to a band… they're friends, they're partners, together,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said. “They had a weekend planned to have fun and enjoy their music, and unfortunately, the day ended in tragedy for so many.”