A charter bus, with approximately 55 passengers on board, on its way to Mohegan Sun Casino rolled over on its side on Monday, February 8. Many passengers suffered injuries with multiple passengers requiring hospitalization. The accident happened in Madison, Connecticut near exit 61 on Interstate 95, at 12:30 PM, according to the state Department of Transportation. The bus is owned by Dahlia, Inc. and operated by VMC East Coast, reported FOX News. No other vehicles were involved.
Dr. Andy Ulrich from Yale-New Haven hospital said that six people were taken there in critical condition, and 16 others were taken to Shoreline Medical Center for treatment. Other passengers, who did not seek immediate medical attention, were taken to a warming center at Madison Town Campus and were aided by the Red Cross.
In a statement, VMC East Coast gave thanks to the firefighters, paramedics and police and expressed dismay that the crash happened on this day. It was 13 years ago exactly, that a Dahlia bus on its way to Atlantic City, crashed killing 2 people and injuring dozens, reported FOX News.
According to State Police, the driver was merging to the right lane from the left lane when he lost control on the snow covered road. The bus then struck the guardrail and rolled over. Responders removed the front windshield to help passengers exit the bus, said FOX61. Governor Malloy gave thanks to the first responders and expressed concern for all those injured adding that public safety was a top priority.