Salina (WSYR-TV) The Sheriff’s department has identified the fourth victim in Saturday’s deadly bus accident as 18-year-old Deanna Armstrong of Vorhees, New Jersey. Sheriff Kevin Walsh says Armstrong lived in Camillus until a year ago before moving.
A person from India and a man from Malaysia were also among the dead from. Two are still in area hospitals with injuries ranging from serious to critical condition.
The driver is listed in serious condition at Upstate University Hospital. He’s has been identified as John Tomaszewski, 59, of New Jersey. The Sheriff’s department says no tickets have been issued at this time, but Sheriff Walsh says any charges will depend on what their investigation reveals.
Walsh says despite warning signs regarding the 10’ 9’’ bridge and red reflective tape covering the bottom portion of the bridge, the bus continued on the roadway.
“We believe he missed the Park Street exit and continued on the road which took him to Onondaga Lake Parkway,” said Walsh. “We believe the injuries were on the top portion of the bus.”
Walsh says because of the impact, the roof of the double-decker bus peeled back.
There have been at least seven accidents involving the CSX Railroad Bridge since 2005, but none as serious as Saturday’s accident.
Gene Cilento with the New York State Department of Transportation says the State has been studying Onondaga Lake Parkway for the past several years for a road rehabilitation project. Cilento says the study focuses primarily on accidents caused by cross over traffic. However, he says the state has looked at lowering the road beneath the bridge to create more clearance. “It’s not an easy fix,” Cilento says. “The area has multiple ownerships between the county and state.” Cilento adds lowering the road would be a problem because it would put the road at the same level of the lake and make it prone to flooding.
Cilento says it’s too early to say what the state will do, but it’s all dependent on the investigation.
The following is the passenger list released by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department:
Kevin Coffey, 19, Kansas
Ashwani Mehta, 34, India
Benjamin Okorie, 35, Malaysia
Deanna Armstrong,18, New Jersey
Lo Wah Chu, 55, Pennsylvania (Critical Condition)
Christine Alderman, 44, New York (Serious Condition)
Carl Kerr, 51, Pennsylvania (Serious Condition)
Mabel Tabb, 79, (Serious Condition)
Valbhiv Kothari, 21, Pennsylvania
Pavan Nukgia, 23, Pennsylvania
Gregory DeAntonio, 33, Pennsylvania
Raymond Reed, 72, Ontario
Vicki Reed, Ontario
Jessica Arnold, 23, Ontario
Laura Treadway, 24, Pennsylvania
Lee Veeraraghan, 27, Pennsylvania
Jeremiah Covey, 32, Delaware
Candice Burks, 26, New Jersey
Sarah Haney, 24, Pennsylvania
Branislav Nikolic, 25, Ontario
Maja Nikolic, Ontario
Trevor Janega, 23, Pennsylvania
Pradeesh Nair, 25, Pennsylvania
Ahyeon Park, 23, Ontario
Tien Nguyen, 27, Maryland
Reena Rai, 36, Pennsylvania
Mythili Soundararajan, 36, Maryland