Spurkill, NY Bus Crashes On Steep Hill, July 1926

BUS UPSETS, KILLING TEN.

DRIVER LOSES CONTROL ON LONG GRADE RETURNING FROM BEAR MOUNTAIN.

Associated Press.
Nyack, July 22. -- Eight women and two girls were killed tonight when a sightseeing bus carrying 43 women and children of Brooklyn skidded and overturned in the village of Spurkill. All the other passengers were injured.
The injured were taken to Nyack hospital, some in an ice wagon, the only available conveyance at the time. Physicians at the hospital said several more probably would die.
The driver of the bus, DANIEL J. LASTRO, was arrested and held without bail in the county jail at New City, after his slight injuries had been attended to at the hospital.
The bus has been hired by a group of Brooklyn families in order to take their children out of the city to escape the heat. The children played in the woods of Bear Mountain park during the day and the party started on the return trip in the early evening. The driver of the bus lost control on a long down grade and at a sharp turn in the road the bus overturned and crashed against a store.
There were 49 persons in the bus, all of whom are killed or injured. Of the injured 21 were so seriously hurt that they were kept for emergency treatment at the Nyack hospital.
Fourteen of the less seriously injured were given first aid at the Nyack hospital and then sent by bus to their homes in Brooklyn.

Salamanca Republican-Press New York 1926-07-23