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Marathon Steps Up To Aid Students From Bus Rollover

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Courtesy WVIT

Courtesy WVIT

Monday morning at 9:09, the New York State Police in Homer investigated a commercial bus accident on Interstate 81 southbound near mile post marker 43 in the Town of Virgil.

Courtesy WVIT

Courtesy WVIT

The coach was owned by Covered Wagon Tours, LLC, of Hornell, and was traveling southbound with 40 9th grade students and 5 adult chaperones from Pittsford Mendon High School in Rochester.

Courtesy WVIT

Courtesy WVIT

This bus and another from Pittsford Sutherland High School were traveling to New York City for a school business class field trip.

Troopers say that as the bus negotiated the snowy interstate, driver Joseph J. Rallo, age 55, of East Rochester, attempted to avoid two vehicles that had lost control directly in front of his bus.

As a result, the bus slid off east shoulder and overturned on its side in the median.

Ten students and the driver were transported to Cortland Regional Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released.


Courtesy Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps

The remaining passengers were taken to the Village of Marathon Civic Center where arrangements were made with their high school and parents to transport them back home.

The New York State Police, Cortland County Sheriff’s, Marathon Fire Department, New York State Department of Transportation and members of the Marathon Civic Center worked together to provide aid to the students following the rollover.

Watch: Home video of the rollover (Courtesy WSYR)

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