Route 22A crash update: One dead, 32 injured in bus / truck crash
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One man was killed in a crash on Route 22A in West Haven Friday night.
WEST HAVEN - A New Jersey bus driver died after a collision with tractor-trailer on Route 22A and 32 bus passengers were sent to hospitals for treatment, according to the Vermont State Police.
Bus driver Darnell Hannah, 59, from Millstone N.J., died as a result of his injuries, police said.
Police said the crash happened on Route 22A in West Haven near the bottom of Long Hill around 8 p.m.
Police said the tractor-trailer unit attached to the truck driven by Haroon Kalid, 34, from Scotrun, Pa,, jackknifed and stopped on Route 22A while the commercial bus, which was transporting 32 people, was traveling north. The bus crested the hill, lost control and ultimately struck the trailer unit after hitting the guard rails.
Hannah was pinned within the bus and critically injured, according to police.
Two passengers sustained moderate injuries and the remaining passengers all sustained minor injuries. Eight patients were taken to Porter Hospital in
Middlebury and 24 patients, including Kalid were taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center.
No information was available on Saturday morning about the extent of Kalid's injuries or his condition.
The road was closed for several hours, and was traffic rerouted, while patients were transported to local hospitals and emergency personnel cleared the vehicles from the scene.
Traffic was rerouted at Route 73 in Orwell, to the north, and to Route 4 in Fair Haven, to the south of the crash.
The Vermont State Police treated this as a mass casualty incident, receiving assistance from West Haven Fire Department, Fair Haven Fire and Rescue, Poultney Fire and Rescue, Rutland Regional Ambulance, Orwell Fire and First Response, Benson First Response, Granville Rescue, Wallingford Rescue, Fair Haven Police Department, Castleton Police Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team.
The roads were ice-covered at the time of the crash. Police believe the road conditions were a contributing factor.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 773-9101.