Issue 8 and Volume 136.

BUS/TRUCK CRASH RESCUE/EMS The disaster planning and training of several rural New York fire departments was put to the test last April 5 when a tractortrailer collided head-on with a bus carrying 21 employees and clients of the Association for Retarded Children. Five people were killed and 17 injured in the crash. The incident occurred just south of South New Berlin on a rural highway lined with dairy farms. Investigators report that one of the tractor-trailer’s front tires ruptured after running over a wobbly farm plow being hauled in the opposite direction by another truck in front of the bus. The tractor-trailer jackknifed then slammed into the bus, which came to rest on top of a row of guardrails. A tree on the right side of the bus prevented it from rolling down a steep embankment. One of the tractor’s saddle tanks ruptured, spilling diesel fuel under and around the…

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