Police: No reason to suspect driver in deadly NY tour bus crash

A Canadian tour bus carrying 54 people from Quebec City to New York City rests on its side after rolling over on the Northway in the Adirondacks in Essex County, N.Y., Friday, July 18, 2014.
(Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Catherine Moore, courtesy CTV News)

NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. - New York State police say there's no reason to suspect a Quebec tour bus driver is to blame for an accident that killed a 14-year-old passenger.

Many of the more than 50 Quebecers on their way for a weekend in New York City were injured yesterday morning when their bus crashed through a guard rail, rolled on its side and slid down a grassy hill in upstate New York.

Police say Chelssy Mercier died after she was partially ejected from the bus and pinned underneath.

The girl was travelling with her mother.

Passersby tried to raise the bus using a jack and a police officer used a defibrillator in an attempt to revive the girl.

Two Canadian families travelling behind the bus pulled over immediately to help, with one telling a local newspaper that many people were shaking, crying and bleeding, as he and his father tried to help the injured.

An online memorial for Mercier was set up on Facebook last night. According to the anonymous creator of the page, Mercier attended a private school. 

In just over nine hours, the page has amassed over 1,200 supporters.

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