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Bus crash on the Pennsylvania turnpike injures 14

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A Greyhound bus traveling from New York City to St. Louis overturned on the Pennsylvania turnpike today, sending 14 passengers to the hospital.

Apparently the driver of the bus lost control and sent the bus screeching across the highway and then up an embankment where it then overturned and landed on its side. The bus ended up sprawled across the interstate. One woman was briefly trapped inside the bus, and 14 of the passengers ended up in local hospitals.

According to media reports, the bus crashed in a rural area about a mile east of the Lebanon/Lancaster exit. There were 29 people aboard the bus when it careened across the road. However, there are some discrepancies in the manifest on the bus and the number of people on the hospital.

Police and rescue officials said that they took 14 people to area hospitals. There were at least four passengers who were uninjured. Those passengers were transferred to another bus.

The bus was traveling from New York City to St. Louis and had made a stop in Philadelphia. It had left the Phillie area and had traveled about 75 miles when it crashed. It was headed for another stop in Columbus, Ohio.

Police said that the driver told them that he had lost control of the bus while trying to maneuver into the passing lane. The driver was identified as Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, from Philadelphia. This was his first accident in the eight months he had been working for the Greyhound company.

The crash closed westbound lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for more than four hours. Drivers were re-routed off of the interstate.

Those injured in the crash were taken to hospitals in Hershey, Lancaster and Lebanon.

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