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Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:24:42 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Quebec tour bus rolls on New York highway killing 1



First responders treat injured passengers at the scene of a Quebec charter bus crash on Interstate 87 near North Hudson, New York. One female passenger died. Press-Republican

First responders treat injured passengers at the scene of a Quebec charter bus crash on Interstate 87 near North Hudson, New York. One female passenger died. Press-Republican

A Quebec tour bus carrying 55 passengers has rolled over in New York state, killing one and injuring others.

State police spokeswoman Darcy Wells said the bus rolled over Friday morning on Interstate 87, also known as the Adirondack Northway, near North Hudson, N.Y.

Images from the scene show the bus lying on its side in a ditch at the side of the highway.

The woman who died has not been named, but it is believed she was travelling with family on the bus.

Those injured in the crash were taken to hospitals in Glens Falls, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Elizabethtown, N.Y.

Don Jaquish, emergency services director in Essex County, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that several people trapped inside the bus had to be removed by emergency personnel.

"I'm sure a lot of them crawled through the top hatches because the bus was on its side," he said.

Jaquish said the bus was filled with college-age students and their relatives.

The tour operator, JaimonVoyage, said the bus was travelling from Quebec City to New York City.  

Company spokeswoman Josiane Grimard told Radio-Canada that the bus crashed at 8 a.m. ET Friday just after a breakfast stop, and she had no word on the cause.

She said the vehicle was owned by a subcontractor, Autobus Fleur de Lys.   

The passengers were from Quebec, Trois-Rivières and Longueuil, and scheduled to return from New York City on Sunday, she said.

"Those in good health will be brought back to Quebec by a bus we're sending down for that purpose," Grimard said.

North Hudson is about 145 kilometres north of Albany.

Another Quebec tour bus crashed on the same stretch of road near North Hudson in 2004. 

Eighteen people were hospitalized when that Florida-bound charter bus collided with a tractor-trailer. 

Driver a veteran of the route

Grimard said the bus driver was experienced and "knows the route by heart."

"He's a man of experience, all of our drivers are experienced drivers," she said.

Georges Morissette, president of Autobus Fleur de Lys, said in a statement the driver has nearly 30 years' experience and an impeccable driving record.

He has worked for Autobus Fleur de Lys since April 2012 and was getting back on the road after seven days off.

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