MADISON, Conn. (WTNH)– Dozens of people have been injured, four critically, after a bus rollover on Interstate 95 northbound in Madison Monday afternoon.
State police in Westbrook confirmed to News 8 that the bus rolled over on I-95 north in Madison, between exits 60 and 61 at 12:28 p.m. The State DOT reported that the northbound side of the highway was closed in that area.
(20816019) Motor Vehicle Accident – MADISON I95N 0.38 miles beyond Exit 61 (RTE 79 (DURHAM RD)) at 2/8/2016 12:37:23 PM #cttraffic
— Statewide CTDOT (@CTDOT_Statewide) February 8, 2016
Multiple ambulances across the shoreline responded to the scene, as well as area fire departments.
State Police tell News 8 the Dahlia tour bus had about 70 passengers on board, though a total number of passengers will not be released until the accident report is complete. Approximately 30 of those passengers were able to walk off the bus of their own power. The Day of New London reported the bus was bound for Mohegan Sun. The windshield was removed by emergency responders to get passengers out of the bus.
Injured people were taken to Yale Trauma Center in New Haven. Hospital officials tell News 8 they received 22 patients, four were in critical condition. A hospital spokesperson said that it took ambulances much longer than normal to get the critically injured people to the hospital due to poor driving conditions.
Passengers that were not injured were taken to a warming center at the Town Gym in Madison.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Gov. Malloy said,
“We continue to monitor the situation closely and receive updates in real-time. Public safety is our top priority and our office continues to work with state agencies and emergency management officials to that end. Our thoughts are with those who are injured, and we extend our gratitude to the first responders who are working to protect the safety of all those involved. We urge all those who must travel to use added caution, allow extra time to travel, and reduce speeds as conditions warrant.”
Spokespeople at Yale-New Haven Hospital tell News 8 that they train for “Major Trauma Events” like this crash five to six times per year. The hospital is prepared using techniques they have trained for in mass casualty situations.
Interstate 95 northbound was reopened just before 5:00 p.m. Monday evening.