At 1:30 a.m. this morning, a tour bus traveling from Canada to New York City was struck from behind by a Matrix tractor trailer carrying seven tons of ball bearings. The New York State Thruway accident occurred in the eastbound lanes, near the Waterloo Premium Outlet mall. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed and dozens of tour bus passengers, many from Canada, where injured and transported to hospitals in Syracuse and Rochester.
According to Syracuse bus accident attorney Michael A. Bottar, Esq., of Bottar Leone, PLLC, a Syracuse-based law firm with experience prosecuting New York tractor trailer accident lawsuits, including cases for people injured in an accident on the New York State Thruway, “this is the second tour bus accident in upstate New York this week. Since Sunday, when a Bedore Tours bus left I-390 and crashed, three people have lost their lives and more than 50 people have been injured.”
The reason for the Matrix crash, which caused the involved bus and tractor trailer to catch fire, is under investigation. Early reports suggests that the tour bus had been stopped on the shoulder of the Thruway and was attempting to return to a lane of eastbound travel when it was rear-ended by the tractor trailer.