I-91 was shut down since 4 pm. crazy shit
NECN: Josh Brogadir, Putney, VT) - A bus from UMass-Amherst headed on a ski trip to Quebec crashed on I-91 in Vermont.
Vermont State Police say 17 people were injured, down from earlier estimates of nearly three dozen. Most were treated at Vermont hospitals.
The bus driver was airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital with more severe injuries.
Interstate 91 South is still shut down, five hours after the crash.
This was a frightening afternoon for the driver and the 44 passengers of the tour bus, which rolled over this afternoon on 91 North.
"This was very lucky," said Sgt. Mike Sorensen of the Vemont State Police who is leading the crash reconstruction.
It could have been much worse.
A coach bus carrying the UMass-Amherst ski and snowboard club, on its side, now being towed off interstate 91 south in Putney, in southern Vermont.
The students were headed north on a ski trip to Quebec, but the bus went across the median, across the southbound lanes and rolled over.
No cars were hit headed south.
Sixteen students were injured- all were taken to local hospitals, treated and released.
The 49 year old driver, who is from Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, had the most serious injuries.
He is in critical condition after being medflighted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The Brattleboro Reformer newspaper says he may have had a heart attack.
A spokeswoman for the tour bus company, Tour World, out of Danville in central Pennsylvania, says the uninjured students are on a different bus on their way to Canada.
She says the company has been in business for nearly a decade and there have been no previous crashes like this one.
The bus that rolled over is one of three coach buses that were headed north from Amherst.
The company spokeswoman, Liz Brown, says the they have driven UMass groups several times before including the ski club trip to Canada in years past.