Flushing-owned bus crashes, injuring 23 in New Hampshire

Rescue workers examine a tour bus that crashed on Interstate 93 in Littleton, N.H. Monday night, injuring 23 people. AP Photo/Caledonian Record, Paul Hayes
By Connor Adams Sheets

A bus operated by a Flushing company crashed Monday night in northern New Hampshire, injuring 23 people during a trip from Quebec to Boston.

The bus was carrying about two dozen Korean people when the driver lost control during light snow and intermittent fog on Interstate 93 in Littleton, N.H., at about 8:15 p.m., according to the New York Post.

The crash of the bus, which is owned by Big Boy Coach Inc. of Flushing, is the third crash in the Northeast this month, including a horrific one in the Bronx that killed 15 people March 12 when a bus en route from a Connecticut casino to Chinatown in Manhattan slammed into a pole.

Police told the Post that five passengers were seriously injured in the Monday crash in New Hampshire and were taken to Littleton Regional Hospital.

Big Boy Coach could not be reached for comment.

Debra Lynaugh, an administrative assistant for community relations, said Tuesday that two people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, one was still at the hospital in stable condition and two were released Monday night, according to the Post, which also said 11 people were treated for lesser injuries and seven for minor injuries at other hospitals.

New York city and state authorities increased enforcement of tour buses earlier this month after the Bronx accident by pulling buses off the road at checkpoints throughout the state aimed at increasing tour bus safety across the country, officials told the Post.

Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at csheets@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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