Dozens of students injured in Long Island bus crash

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LAKEVIEW, NY -

More than three dozen people were hurt Sunday after a bus owned by a New Jersey company was involved in a crash on Long Island.

Thirty-eight teenage students, along with five chaperones, were on their way home from JFK airport, having just come back from spring break in Europe.

They were on their way to meet their parents at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, when around 9 p.m. the bus driver crashed into an overpass on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview.

Police say the driver and the 43 passengers were taken to the hospital; two with serious injuries and five with what they are calling moderate injuries.

New York State Police are leading the investigation into what happened.

"There's no commercial traffic allowed on the parkway what-so-ever,” says Major David Candelaria, with the NYS Police.  “The height of the bridge is less than 10 feet, I know that this is one of the lowest bridges on the whole parkway system."

Some residents tell News 12 this isn't the first time a tall vehicle has hit an overpass on the highway.

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