Icy roads end in fatal T-bone crash with a bus


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  • Photo provided by Tuxedo police A fatal crash involving a Coach bus about three tenths of a mile south of the Duck Cedar Plaza in Tuxedo resulted in Route 17 being shut down for much of the day, Feb. 10.



BY ERIKA NORTON

After hitting a patch of ice on Route 17, a former Sloatsburg man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a Coach bus, resulting in his death and several other injuries on Feb. 10.

Tyrone Jackson, 20, was killed in the crash.

The crash occurred at 10:17 a.m. about three tenths of a mile south of the Duck Cedar Plaza, according to Tuxedo Police Sgt. Douglas Russell. Jackson was headed northbound in a 2005 Honda Accord while a Coach bus with approximately 25 passengers was headed southbound in the right lane.

“He (Jackson) struck a patch of ice, a huge swath of ice, which was in the right lane only,” Russell said. “He then lost control, spun sideways, he crossed over the double yellow lines and impacted the bus at his passenger’s side. He lost his life. He was killed instantly.”

Nine individuals, including the bus driver, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern and treated for minor injuries, according to Russell. One person needed stitches.

Second accident, but no injuriesRight after this crash occurred, a secondary crash involving four more vehicles occurred as a result of the same patch of ice, Russell said. While passengers were exiting the bus, another vehicle heading northbound hit the same patch of ice, spun out of control, crossed over the double yellow lines and hit another vehicle and the car already impacted by the bus, missing any of the bus passengers.

That car then went back into the northbound lane, struck a second car, and then came to rest striking a parked vehicle in the road that was unoccupied due to the driver having exited to attempt to try and help assist the individual that just crashed into the bus. No one was hurt in that crash.

Route 17 was shut down from Warwick Brook Road South and from Tuxedo Road North from 10:23 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A police investigation showed that the Coach bus was travelling at 56 mph at the time of the crash and Jackson was travelling at anywhere between 55 to 60 mph, according to Russell, so speed was not a factor.

GoFundMeAccording to a GoFundMe page set up to help Jackson’s family, Jackson graduated from Suffern High School where he was an honor roll student and wrestler. He aspired to earn a Ph. D in Business Management and own his own business one day. The GoFundMe page has received over $20,000.

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