At least 1 dead, nearly two dozen injured after tour bus rolls over on upstate New York highway

The tour bus was traveling from Montreal to New York City, the operator said.

At least one person is dead and nearly two dozen others injured after a tour bus traveling from Canada to New York City rolled over on a highway, officials said.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Friday on Interstate 87 between Lake George and Warrensburg in upstate New York, officials said.

PHOTO: Authorities respond after a tour bus rolled over on I-87 between Lake George and Warrensburg, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 2024.

One person was killed in the crash, a state official confirmed to ABC New York station WABC .

Approximately 22 people with various injuries were treated by emergency responders, including air medical services, according to Lake George EMS .

FlixBus, the bus operator, said one passenger had serious injuries and 10 other passengers and the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

There were 23 people on board the bus, including the driver, FlixBus said.

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The tour bus originated in Montreal and most of the passengers were Canadian, according to Warren County Administrator John Taflan. Most passengers are believed to be adults, he said.

FlixBus said the long-distance bus was traveling on its scheduled route from Montreal to midtown Manhattan when the crash occurred.

PHOTO: Authorities respond after a tour bus rolled over on I-87 between Lake George and Warrensburg, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 2024.

New York State Police are investigating the cause of the rollover, Taflan said.

FlixBus said it is working closely with authorities and its transport partner to "determine the exact circumstances of this accident."

"At all times, the safety of passengers and drivers is of the highest importance to FlixBus," the company said in a statement. "FlixBus is deeply shocked about what happened and sends its deepest condolences to the victim's relatives and friends and express its full support to the passengers and drivers affected by this accident."

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I-87 southbound is closed between exits 23 and 22 due to the "serious crash," state police said.

"I join New Yorkers in praying for all involved in this horrific incident & am grateful for the heroic efforts of our first responders," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement on social media.

ABC News' Amanda Maile and Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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Country singer Hardy says he was treated for ‘significant injuries’ after tour bus crash

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Country singer Hardy asked supporters for prayers after revealing his tour bus was in an accident over the weekend.

The “Wait In the Truck” singer, 32, said the crash occurred when he and three other members of his team were on their way home from a show at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on the evening of Oct. 1.

“We were all treated for significant injuries,” he wrote in a Twitter statement. “Our friend, and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him.”

The cause of the crash is not clear. NBC News reached out to a representative for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office but did not immediately hear back.

Hardy said he has been released from the hospital — “but ordered by doctors to recover for the next few weeks" — adding that he and his team would let fans know about any changes to future performances.

“Please keep our road family in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated in the days to follow,” he wrote. “God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service.”

Hardy’s fiancée, Caleigh Ryan, posted about the accident in an Instagram story, sharing a photo of her and Hardy holding hands after the crash.

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“Thank you all so so much for all of the prayers and well wishes. I’m thanking God with all of my heart that I’m able to hold his hand right now,” she wrote.

She also shared an update about the others involved in the accident. 

“Michael, Tanner, and Noah are ok, thank God,” she wrote. “They suffered some injuries, but Ricky still very much needs everyone’s prayers. It really is a miracle that everyone is alive.”

She appeared to be referring to her fiancé, whose full name is Michael Wilson Hardy, videographer and photographer Tanner Gallagher, tour manager Noah Brown and their bus driver, whose name is given on Instagram as Ricky Hudson.

Hardy's sister, Madison Hardy Dennis, also shared a moving message on Instagram .

"We could have lost them all last night," she wrote. "Please send your healing prayers up for Michael, Tanner, Noah, and especially Ricky his bus driver. Life is so fragile; cherish your loved ones."

Gallagher shared a graphic photo in his Instagram story of his bruised face following the crash, saying he had suffered a “broken foot, broken ribs,” and a punctured lung.

Country Thunder, the music festival where Hardy performed Saturday, shared a supportive message on Twitter, writing, “HARDY and his crew have become close members of our festival family, and we are praying for full recoveries for everyone involved in last night’s accident.”

Bristol Motor Speedway also shared a message of support, tweeting, “please keep our friends HARDY and his road crew in your thoughts and prayers for a full and swift recovery.”

Lindsay Lowe has been a regular contributor to TODAY.com since 2016, covering pop culture, style, home and other lifestyle topics. She is also working on her first novel, a domestic drama set in rural Regency England.

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At least 21 dead after tour bus plunges off overpass near Venice, Italian officials say

A city official said the bus was bringing tourists to a camping site, by giada zampano | associated press • published october 3, 2023.

A bus carrying foreign tourists including Ukrainians crashed near the Italian city of Venice when it fell from an elevated street Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 18 others, authorities said.

Four of the injured were in serious condition following the accident in the Mestre borough, on the mainland opposite the historic old city of Venice, said Renato Boraso, a Venice city official. Two of the dead were children, Venice prefect Michele Di Bari said.

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Boraso confirmed that some of the victims are Ukrainians, and said the bus was bringing tourists to a camping site.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that the scene of the crash was “apocalyptic” and that he had already declared the “city's mourning" for the “numerous victims” who were on the bus.

According to local media, the bus fell a few meters before crashing close to Mestre's railway tracks, where it caught fire. Emergency crews were on the scene.

Premier Giorgia Meloni expressed her “deepest sorrow” after the crash.

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NYC tour bus driver who slammed into city bus gets ticket for running red light

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City tour bus driver has been ticketed for running a red light and crashing into a public bus , sending 18 people to hospitals, police said Friday.

Most of the passengers injured Thursday evening had cuts, bruises and scrapes, said EMS Deputy Chief Paul Hopper. Aside from those who went to the hospital, about 60 others requested evaluation by a doctor at the scene.

City transit officials blamed the Topview sightseeing bus driver for the crash.

The driver “seemed to have blown a red light and T-boned our bus” on East 23rd Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, said New York City Transit President Richard Davey.

“Obviously there are traffic laws that need to be followed in the city of New York, and it wasn’t here,” he said.

The police department confirmed that the tour bus driver was ticketed for running a red light. The crash is under investigation.

Topview NYC did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday morning.

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1 person dies, 8 others are seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West

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GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities said.

The bus rolled over just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, according to the tribal police department.

Grand Canyon West is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The rollover involved 57 people; one person died and eight others were flown to hospitals. An undisclosed number of others with less critical injuries were driven for treatment, tribal emergency officials said in a statement.

The name of the person who died and details on the injured were not immediately released.

A private tour operator and a visitor's personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot, tribal officials confirmed. They declined further comment, citing their ongoing investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted tribal police with the crash.

Grand Canyon West is in northern Mohave County at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Josh Turner Breaks Silence After Deadly Tour Bus Crash: 'It's a Struggle to Put into Words'

A tour bus carrying Turner's road crew crashed on Sept. 18, leaving seven of the passengers injured and one dead

Josh Turner is asking his fans to “keep praying” after a tour bus carrying his road crew crashed earlier this month, leaving seven of the passengers injured and one dead.

The country star, 41, broke his silence on Tuesday about the fatal incident, writing on Facebook, “As I try to write this I don’t know what to say. It’s a struggle to put into words the devastation and grief that our road family is trying to process.”

“We lost a beloved member of our team, David Turner,” Turner continued. “He was like a brother to so many in this industry and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Please continue to keep David’s family in your prayers.”

“All of our crew suffered significant injuries and many have long roads to recovery. I would ask that you give them privacy during this time.”

Turner went on to share that a GoFundMe page has been created in hopes of raising funds to cover the medical costs for the surviving crew and funeral arrangements for David.

“Your prayers have been felt,” Turner continued. “Please keep praying.”

According to multiple reports , the bus was leaving the Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles, California, after wrapping up a concert for the country musician, when it crashed off of Highway 46 near Shandon.

Turner and his band were not on the bus, according to a tweet from the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department.

California Highway Patrol told KSBY News that, for unknown reasons, the driver left the roadway and drove 20 yards before the bus fell from an 80-foot cliff.

Two passengers — one of whom died at the scene — were ejected from the vehicle. Several other passengers suffered significant injuries from the plunge. Authorities say two were airlifted to a hospital with major injuries and the remaining five were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

“Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss,” the singer’s rep told PEOPLE in a statement. “Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Fire Department shared on Twitter that they would “be at [the] scene several hours for investigation and clean up.”

According to KSBY , CHP has ruled out drugs or alcohol as the cause of the crash and will be impounding the bus to see if there were any mechanical issues. They are also looking into whether the driver, who is believed to be in his 50s, suffered any medical issues that could have caused the crash.

The tour bus was headed to Washington State where Turner had his next scheduled performance at the Central Washington State Fair on Friday, Sept. 20. His rep told PEOPLE that all remaining shows in September will be rescheduled for a later date.

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One person was killed and at least 12 others were injured after a Canadian tour bus rolled over in upstate New York on Friday, according to officials.

The crash occurred just around 12:49 p.m. in the southbound lane of Interstate 87 in the popular Adirondack resort town of Lake George in Warren County — about four hours north of New York City, its destination, according to state police and local agencies.

The Skyway Coach Line tour bus was traveling from Montreal with 23 on board, including the bus driver, according to state police .

One passenger was killed, another was seriously injured and 10 suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the agency said.

The majority of passengers, who were en route to catch flights in the Big Apple, were Canadian, the Times Union reported , citing Warren County spokesman Don Lehman.

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One passenger was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in critical condition, police said. At least 12 others were taken to Glens Falls Hospital with minor injuries, a hospital spokesman said.

Lake George Central School district confirmed to The Post that it deployed a bus to the crash site that brought injured passengers to the firehouse in Lake George.

The crash occurred right before 1 p.m.

The southbound lanes of I-87 remain closed between Exits 23 and 22, state police said Friday evening.

The Fort William Hotel in Lake George is offering tour bus passengers a free night stay and food, Lehman told News 10 .

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said her office had been made aware of the crash and that Department of Transportation workers were at the scene.

“I join the people of New York in praying for the well-being of all involved in this horrific incident and am deeply grateful for the heroic efforts of our first responders,” she said in a statement.

The state police are urging witnesses or drivers with dashcam videos who may have recorded the crash to contact Troop G at 518-783-3211.

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A tour bus bound for Niagara Falls ran off the New York State Thruway and rolled over in central New York, sending more than 50 people to hospitals, state police and a hospital said.

The bus landed on its side in the grass around 12:40 p.m. along the highway’s westbound side near Weedsport, a village about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Syracuse. Some 57 people were aboard, and all were taken to hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to serious, state police said.

It’s unclear why the bus veered off the road, troopers said in a news release.  Police photos  showed papers and other items strewn around the white bus as it rested on the road shoulder.

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Authorities said that the driver of the JTR Transportation bus has been identified as Fermin Vasquez, 66, of Wingdale, New York. JTR is based out of Poughkeepsie, New York. State police said Vasquez was among those taken to a hospital but didn’t elaborate on Vasquez’s injuries.

The bus was headed to Niagara Falls from Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley, local reports said.

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Juan Gil-Urrego  told WSYR-TV  that his mother, Ximena Urrego, had arranged the trip, one of many she has planned to various destinations as affordable excursions for residents. The bus left around 6 a.m. on one of the last trips Urrego had organized for the summer, he said.

A few children were aboard, one possibly just a month old, Gil-Urrego said.

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His mother was taken to a hospital with glass in her eye and needing back surgery, her son said, but he was just relieved she had survived.

“It’s a miracle,” especially since another relative survived a bus crash in the past, he said. “This time around, it hits me twice as hard to know that it happened to both of them already, and both of them made it.”

Auburn Community Hospital received about 27 patients, including Vasquez, and was assessing their conditions, spokesperson Matthew Chadderdon said. Three were transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. Upstate is the area’s top-level trauma center, a hospital especially equipped to handle serious injuries.

Upstate received 25 patients in all, spokesperson Darryl Geddes said. He couldn’t immediately provide information on their conditions.

One westbound lane was closed until early evening, and traffic was backed up in one direction for eight miles (nearly 13 kilometers) at one point, the state police said. Authorities issued a request on social media for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact investigators.

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Records: Speed likely factor in fatal Arizona tour bus crash

A tour bus on its way to the Grand Canyon was speeding when it flipped on its side, killing one passenger while injuring dozens, according to an investigative report that stops short of drawing conclusions about the cause of the crash.

Four dozen people from across the country were on the bus operated by Las Vegas-based Comedy On Deck Tours when it veered into a dirt embankment, over ruts and rocks, and hit Joshua trees on Jan. 22. At one point, it rode the face of a small hill and was airborne before coming back on to the road and flipping on its side, according to records.

The passengers suffered injuries ranging from abrasions and ankle sprains to fractures, blunt force trauma and broken ribs. Shelley Ann Voges from Booneville, Indiana, was partially ejected and died. Her husband and son, who recently had moved west, also were on the trip.

The bus was heading to Grand Canyon West, about 2.5 hours from Las Vegas and outside the boundaries of the national park. The tourist destination is on the Hualapai reservation and is best known for the Skywalk, a glass bridge that juts out 70 feet (21 meters) from the canyon walls and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office released the crash report, body camera footage, photographs and 911 call recordings to The Associated Press in response to a public records request. The office didn’t respond to additional questions about the report Wednesday.

Passengers told authorities that it appeared the driver possibly had fallen asleep and was driving too fast. The records also call into question whether the automatic engine brake was engaged as the bus traveled on a curve and slightly downhill.

Mohave County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Coffin noted speed limits of 45 mph posted along the road. The driver, Gary Griep, told authorities he was going no more than 40 mph, but the records say the GPS on the bus put the speed at 62 mph.

Griep said the engine brake, which helps slow and control the bus, was engaged, but two other bus drivers who were on tours in the area that day and stopped at the crash site said that didn’t appear to be true.

The crash report also said there were no visible marks on the tires or in the embankment to indicate heavy braking or steering for at least 700 feet (213 meters). Only when the bus hit a raised embankment did it veer from its path, the report said.

The investigation has not been turned over to prosecutors, said Cara Engstom of the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. The sheriff’s office is awaiting the results of a toxicology test on Griep and an autopsy report on Voges.

Passengers who had to crawl out of a rooftop hatch, the back door or large windows said they thought Griep might have fallen asleep. Griep told authorities he got at least eight hours of sleep the night before, doesn’t drink alcohol and wasn’t under the influence of any drugs. He said he sometimes coughed so hard his head hung low but he always kept his eyes on the road.

He attributed the crash to gusty winds that the National Weather Service said were 13 to 19 mph at the time.

Griep picked up passengers at hotels along the Las Vegas Strip that morning, took them to breakfast and the Hoover Dam and then headed toward the Grand Canyon Skywalk. As he came around a corner, he said the wind pushed the rear of the bus off the shoulder and into the embankment.

“Once it was in, I was fighting to get it back out, but once I did, it rolled over,” he said.

He told authorities he knew the road well and had made the trip hundreds of times. In his 20 years of driving buses, he said he never had another accident. He hung up abruptly Wednesday when reached by the AP.

Voges husband, Hubert, told authorities that passengers were tossed around the bus in the moments before it flipped, struggling to hold on, and screamed and cried. He said the trip was on the “bucket list” for his family, and he and Shelley Voges planned to return home the following day. He declined Wednesday to say more by phone.

Friends have said Shelley Voges, 53, was a sweet and compassionate woman.

Sheriff’s officials noted that all of the seat belts were in the locked position and didn’t appear to be worn. The driver was wearing a seat belt.

Two lawsuits have been filed against Comedy On Deck Tours over the fatal crash.

Four surviving passengers allege negligence on the part of the tour bus operator and Griep. The company has denied the allegations, according to court records, and didn’t return a call Wednesday from the AP.

Justin Zarcone, a Las Vegas attorney who represents the tour bus company in one of the lawsuits, declined comment Wednesday.

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PETALING JAYA: Survivors of the Genting Highlands fatal bus crash have complained of multiple issues during their journey.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who visited the victims, said the tourists had to change buses three times during their six-day trip, indicating poor maintenance.

“We found that the inbound tour agency had sublet jobs to others.

“There were also complaints of no air-conditioning and unusual sounds. Some also questioned why there were no seatbelts,” he said after visiting eight victims who are being treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

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Also present was China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing and other officials.

Promising a thorough investigation, Tiong warned that negligent tour agencies would have their licences revoked and emphasised the seriousness of the matter.

He said the ministry would also temporarily suspend the licence of the travel agency involved if initial investigations revealed the company failed to comply with regulations.

Tiong also said the establishment of a dedicated safety team for tourists under the ministry’s secretary-general office would be expedited.

“We want to ensure tourists come here and leave safely,” he said.

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Tiong extended apologies to the victims and their families for the incident, pledging to discuss tour bus regulations, maintenance and enforcement with the Transport Ministry and Road Transport Department (JPJ) tomorrow.

“There should be standard operating procedures for tour buses ferrying tourists.

“Part of the responsibility and enforcement on tour buses should be under our ministry. We will discuss this further with JPJ during the meeting,” he added.

Ouyang, meanwhile, said the victims’ condition were stable.

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“Once I was informed of the incident by Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke, the embassy made immediate contact with the relevant ministries and agencies for constant updates,” he said.

Ouyang added that he also met with the hospital management earlier and the local tour agency.

“We also hope that the Malaysian tour agency will be prepared as more family members of the victims are expected to come. The agency has responded positively that they will cooperate and assist these visiting families,” he said.

The accident involved a total of 18 Chinese tourists, the bus driver, an assistant and a tour guide.

Five people have so far been discharged, while two are still warded in Temerloh, one in Bentong and eight in Kuala Lumpur.

It was previously reported that the 32-year-old bus driver did not have a driving licence and had 27 previous traffic summonses for various offences.

He has since been remanded to assist in the investigation.

Police said the two men who died at the scene were identified as Zhang Ping, 58, and Wang Shuhong, 49.

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1 dead, 11 injured in tour bus crash on I-87 in Upstate New York

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Updated on: January 5, 2024 / 5:39 PM EST / CBS New York

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- One person was killed and 11 others were injured in a rollover crash involving a tour bus in Upstate New York  on Friday. 

New York State Police responded to the crash on the southbound side of I-87 in Lake George just before 1 p.m. 

There were 23 people on the Skyway Coach Line tour bus traveling from Montreal to New York City when it crashed, according to state police.

The highway was closed between Exits 23 and 22 and first responders were "performing rescue operations," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. 

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One person was in critical condition and 10 suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials. 

Police did not immediately release the name of the person who died. 

Lake George is about 60 miles north of Albany, or about a four hour drive from New York City. 

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HARDY, Morgan Wallen's songwriter, injured in tour bus crash

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HARDY, Morgan Wallen and Blake Shelton's songwriter, was released from the hospital with "significant injuries" Sunday morning after his tour bus was involved in "an accident" outside of Nashville.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials confirmed to Fox News Digital that an overturned tour bus crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 West. No further details were provided as the investigation is ongoing.

"Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol," the country musician wrote on his social media platforms. "There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however we were all treated for significant injuries.

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Hardy (pictured in August) was involved in a tour bus collision Sunday outside of Nashville, Tennessee. (Terry Wyatt)

"Our friend, and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him." 

He added: "I’ve been released from the hospital, but ordered by doctors to recover for the next few weeks which may cost us at a couple of shows."

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Earlier in the evening, HARDY, whose full name is Michael Wilson Hardy, performed at the Country Thunder Bristol with Wallen, Jason Aldean, Lauren Alaina, and Tracy Lawrence.

Morgan Wallen and HARDY perform

HARDY (L) and Morgan Wallen perform onstage during Morgan Wallen: The Dangerous Tour, Night 1 at Madison Square Garden on February 09, 2022, in New York City. (John Shearer)

"My team and I will keep the fans updated on that as I rest in the coming days," he wrote. "Please keep our road family in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated in the days to follow. 

"God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service." 

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HARDY found fame with the 2018 hit he wrote, "Up Down," which featured Morgan Wallen and Florida Georgia Line. 

HARDY sings with guitar

HARDY has written songs for Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane. (Terry Wyatt)

From there, he was signed to Big Loud Records, and has since released multiple albums and mix tapes, and worked with a number of big-name country artists.

He wrote Chris Lane's "I Don't Know About You," Blake Shelton's "God's Country" and "Hell Right," and was supposed to go on tour with Thomas Rhett in 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HARDY's next scheduled show is for Oct. 8 at the Globe Life Field on Wallen's Dangerous Tour, but it's unclear if he will be able to perform.

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Trial date set for 1 of 3 wrongful death lawsuits connected to deadly Ohio bus crash

A fiery crash in Licking County last year that included a charter bus carrying dozens of high school students is the subject of wrongful death lawsuits.

6 people, including three Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools students, died and 18 others were hurt in the Nov. 14, 2023 crash.

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The families of those who died filed separate wrongful death lawsuits, according to our News Partners at WBNS in Columbus . Two of the lawsuits are in Franklin County and one is in Licking County.

Last week, the trial date for a lawsuit filed by the Estate of Shannon Wigfield was set for April 2025, according to Franklin County Common Pleas Court records.

Wigfiled, 46, was a passenger in the Nissan and died in the crash. She spent 24 years as an English teacher at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia.

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The lawsuit filed by her estate goes after the driver of the semi, as well as its maker and the company that sold it.

It alleges that the semi would have automatically stopped before hitting the SUV regardless of the driver’s level of attentiveness if it had been “designed and manufactured with the Detroit Assurance Safety System that are standard equipment.”

Wigfield’s estate is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $25,000.

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As News Center 7 previously reported, a semi-truck driver failed to slow down and crashed into a Nissan SUV and a Pioneer Trails bus carrying students and chaperones from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools on Interstate 70 in Licking County.

After being hit, the bus then hit the back of the Toyota and the Toyota hit the Volvo semi. The Toyota then traveled into the left lane, causing the bus to hit the Volvo semi.

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Tour de France 2024: First crash caused by fan's backpack

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The first accident in this year's Tour de France occured before the race even began in Florence, Italy on Saturday when rider Jan Hirt was knocked off his bike by a fan's backpack.

The Soudal Quick-Step cyclist was riding from from the starting sheet signing to the start line when he crashed, resulting in three broken teeth and a nightmare start to this year's competition.

"There are 100 rules [to be respected] for the team but someone with a backpack knocked Jan Hirt down on his way from the signatures to the bus. Three broken teeth," team boss Patrick Lefevere wrote on X.

The 33-year-old from Czechia caught his handlebars on the bag of a fan and fell onto his face after fans found their way into the team area.

Soudal Quick-Step teammate Yves Lampaert saw the incident happen, telling Belgian TV news station VTM NIEUWS : "It's complete chaos."

"The organization has no control over it at all. People are running everywhere. Jan kept stuttering and went over the top. We riders get fines galore for small things, the organization should take a look in the mirror. It's unacceptable."

A video published on the Cyclingnews Instagram page showed another Soudal Quick-Step rider colliding with a person while trying to cycle between the bus and the sign-on podium.

Hirt is a key part of the Soudal Quick-Step team aiming to help Remco Evenepoel to secure the yellow jersey.

Driver, 2 passengers killed in fiery transit bus crash on Pennsylvania bypass: Police

A crash between a bus and a truck on a Pennsylvania bypass Tuesday morning has left three people dead.

According to the Upper Providence Township Police Department, first responders were dispatched to US Route 1 Media Bypass in Delaware County near Route 252 around 8:00 a.m. local time after receiving a report of a vehicle on fire.

There, police and paramedics found a medium-sized transit bus "fully involved in flames," police said. It collided with a truck that had a roll-on container.

The victims, identified as the bus driver and two passengers, died on the scene. Officials did not publicly name them because they were notifying the families. CBS News reported that the driver was 31 years old, and the passengers were 60 and 75 years old.

"Please say a little prayer for all involved," police said in a statement.

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Bus driver had a clean record, report says

Police said the driver was "heavily trapped in the wreckage" at the scene. Other drivers helped get the passengers out from the back of the bus, but they succumbed to their injuries before first responders arrived.

The truck driver survived and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The fatal crash is under investigation by the Upper Providence Township Police Department and Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division.

According to CBS News, officials are gathering video footage and other technology from the bus and truck to figure out the cause. However, it could be damaged.

Nick Miccarelli, the CEO of the bus linked to the crash, told the outlet that the driver had a clean record and had worked for DELGO Community Transit for nine months .

"It's brutal," Miccarelli added. "We pride ourselves on safely delivering our clients. That didn't happen today."

Taylor Ardrey is a news reporter for USA TODAY. You can reach her at [email protected].

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