UPDATE:Quebec tour bus crashes in New York state; one dead

A bus carrying tourists from Quebec crashed on the Adirondack Northway in New York State, about 110 kilometres south of Plattsburgh around 7:30 Friday morning.

The bus veered onto the median and rolled onto its side near the town of North Hudson.

Commander of New York State Police Major Richard Smith said investigators were on the scene and speaking with the 61-year-old male driver to determine how the crash occurred.

The bus belonged to Autobus Fleur de Lys registered in Charny, Quebec. The company said the bus driver had 30 years experience and a clean driving record.

New York State Police are confirming that one person was killed and several other passengers were injured. 

It says 36 were transported to hospital. Three in critical condition.

The bus was charted by the tour company Jaimonvoyage.com. Spokesperson Nancy Trudelle said there were 55 passengers on the bus from Longueuil, Trois-Rivières and Quebec City.

“A lot of them appeared to be in their twenties, a few of them seemed a bit older,” Press Republican reporter Alvin Reiner, who was on the scene, said

“Police were talking to people as best they could, many seemed to only speak French,” he continued.

Trudelle said they don’t know the condition of the passengers yet but the none injured would be brought back to Quebec Thursday afternoon. She said they are working hard to contact all family members.

The group was headed to New York City for a three-day visit.

Photo and video: Kim Dedam, The Press-Republican (Plattsburgh)

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