Bus plows into Soldiers Field Road underpass; 33 hurt, one with life-threatening injuries
Firefighters and EMTs are on Soldiers Field Road near the Genzyme plant trying to get people out of a bus that was too tall for the Western Avenue underpass it tried to traverse inbound around 7:30 p.m. State Police said the bus was "overheight."
The road is shut in both directions as firefighters and EMTs set up a triage area and order more backboards. Boston EMS says 32 passengers were injured; three of them critically. One of those had head trauma and required help breathing.
An hour later, two passengers were still trapped in the rear of the bus; not long after, firefighters got one of them out. The final passenger was extricated shortly before 9 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department reports the bus had just left Harvard on its way to Pennsylvania with 42 people on board, from a non-profit group's day trip to Harvard and Harvard Square. Federal records show Calvary Coach is a small charter company based in Philadelphia - with just two buses.
State Police say the road will remain shut for much of the night both for an investigation into the accident and for removing the bus.
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