The full extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, but state police called it a “serious injury” wreckage. Some patients were taken for high level trauma care.
The bus landed sideways in the grass along the west side of the highway near Weedsport, a village about 40 kilometers west of Syracuse. Some 57 people were on board, state police said.
Tweeted photos by police showed papers and other items scattered around the white bus as it rested on the shoulder of the road.
The bus was heading to Niagara Falls from the Fishkill area in the Hudson Valley and passengers included children, Auburn Community Hospital spokesperson Matthew Chadderdon said.
Auburn saw about 27 patients, including the driver, and assessed their condition, Chadderdon said. Three were transferred to Upstate University Hospital, the region’s top trauma center. The designation denotes a hospital specially equipped to treat injuries.
The Northern Syracuse State University Hospital received 25 patients in all, spokesperson Darryl Geddes said. He could not immediately provide information on their conditions.
All westbound and eastbound lanes reopened six hours later.
It was not immediately clear which company or agency the bus belonged to, nor what had caused the crash.