Tour bus hits bridge in Boston, dozens hurt

Posted: 02/02/13 at 8:45 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 11:30 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- A tour bus hit a bridge on Soldiers Field Road in Boston shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Investigators believe the bus went through the Western Ave tunnel and ended up about 200 yards in front of the bridge.

There were 42 passengers on the bus that was taking high school students from a college tour at Harvard back to Pennsylvania.

The bus hit an overpass on the east-bound side of Soldiers Field Road. The bus was too tall for to clear the overpass.

Some passengers were trapped on the bus, but fire fighters used the Jaws of Life to rescue the people trapped on the bus.

The students appeared shaken and quiet. Many of them were put in neck braces. MBTA buses lined the road to keep uninjured students and chaperones warm.

Thirty-two people are injured, three of them are critical and Boston EMS tweeted that one of those injuries is life-threatening.

The bus will be lifted on to the road opposite of Soldier’s Field Road once the investigation is complete. A crane is at the site and will be used to lift the bus, which is currently leaning against the median.

The Massachusetts State Police said on Twitter that the investigation is ongoing as to whether charges warranted in bus crash. The driver is believed to have missed the sign prohibiting the bus from that road.

There were signs for a 10-foot clearance going into the tunnel. It is unknown how tall the bus is, but fire officials said it is clearly bigger than 10 feet.

Investigators will be on scene for most of the night. Traffic is gridlocked. Drivers are urged to stay away from the area.

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