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Tour bus operator was driving illegally

By Bert Gambini & Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A tour bus crashed along the New York State Thruway between Rochester and Syracuse around 1:30 Friday morning. It happened in Waterloo when the bus was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

The driver of truck,59-year-old Timothy Hume of Dryden, Michigan died in the crash. 53-passengers from Hamilton, Ontario were board the tour bus. 30-people were taken to the hospital with injuries. They ranged in age from 15 to 72.

According to reports, the bus was rear-ended by the tractor trailer, but it's not known at this time if the collision happened while the bus was in the process of leaving the shoulder or if the vehicle was up-to-speed when the accident occurred. The collision caused the bus to burst into flames. A soldier from Fort Drum came upon the scene and pulled victims from the burning bus, which was complete destroyed by the flames.

But State Police told reporters at a news confernce the driver of the bus, 60-year-old Rene Bisson of Welland, Ontario, was now allowed to operate a commercial vehicle in the state. He had two past speeding tickets and his commercial license was not valid in New York State. State Police say Bisson now faces misdemeanor charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced that all eastbound lanes between Interchange 46 (Rochester, I-390) and 41 (Waterloo) have reopened to traffic.