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Teen Tour Guide Dies in Bus Accident

Rachel Moody2 years ago

A 15-year-old girl was killed after a bus owned by the Tubby Tubes rafting company overturned in Lake Luzerne, New York last Saturday around 12:30 p.m. 

The teen was one of the 34 people aboard the modified school bus that transported customers for river tubing excursions. 

About the Fatal Bus Accident

According to TWC News, Amelia Hirschfield and her brother Gerard were sitting next to each other on the bus, which they said was traveling at a high speed. 

She said the driver was going really fast down a road when he went to take a sharp turn and the bus flipped on its side.  The bus was stopped from going down a cliff and into a body of water after hitting a tree. 

Fire crews who responded to the scene said the passengers were in a state of shock. The young girl, who was a tour guide with the rafting company, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Second Assistant Fire Chief Douglas Olson said these types of accidents do not happen often and that it was the first he’s responded to in ten years. 

Police believe it was a mechanical issue that caused the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.

The 77-year-old driver of the bus has told the police that the vehicle’s brakes failed just before he tried to slow down to make a turn. 

Bus Crash Statistics

According to AAA:

  • In 2010, 46 people died and 363 were injured in 34 motor coach accidents nationwide.
  • Ejections account for 78 percent of deaths in roll-over bus crashes.  


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