Tuxedo, NY – Camp Bus Loaded With Children Burns Up on Thruway, No One Injured

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    Photo By Shraga Heyman for VIN NewsTuxedo, NY – No one was injured when a chartered Monsey Trails bus went up in flames on traveling on the northbound Thruway in Tuxedo at mid-day Thursday.

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    The bus was carrying an unknown number of children to Camp Munk in Sullivan County. No one was reported injured and most of the luggage was also saved.

    The northbound highway was closed to traffic for some time as Tuxedo firefighters extinguished the flames.

    State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

    Hatzolah from the Village of Kiryas Joel responded with two ambulances as a precaution.


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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    I knew this wud be on vin lol…my bro just sent me a pic of the bus it’s pretty insane, apparently all the refilling n stuff got burnt

    PUNCH
    PUNCH
    13 years ago

    What a miracle!!!
    but it should also serve as a wake-up call for the upcoming season when many are on the road to drive safely and have your car checked if it’s fit for such a trip

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    refilling??

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    I wonder if it’s the same Monsey Trails bus I saw on the side of the thruway Northbound last Friday afternoon between 15 and 16 with a mechanic working on the back panel of the bus……….

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    Maybe Monsey Trails shouldn’t be using 40-year old buses?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    I think its about time they should put aside all of there old (stinky)buss and they should only use there new and goodones

    Chanie Glick
    Chanie Glick
    13 years ago

    I was there, taking my daughter up to camp…It was a parking lot for a 1/2 hour, and people were walking around on the Thruway!

    Makir Tov
    Makir Tov
    13 years ago

    Our hearts are full of gratitude to the Ribono shel Olam for protecting all the tyere kinder who were on the bus along with the bus driver.
    The last picture, the one of the burned-out bus after the fire has been extinguished, looks shudderingly similar to a bus attacked by terrorists in Eretz Yisroel, R”L! How grateful and joyous we are that b’syata d’Shmayah, no one was hurt this time!
    May all Yidden everywhere in the world be protected from any and all fires in the world, both literally and metaphorically.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    When are Yidden going to wake up and not entrust our treasures to unsafe buses?

    ShatzMatz
    ShatzMatz
    13 years ago

    This bus company is the pits. They operate dirty old buses that they don’t clean or maintain. I was in their yard many times. All they are concerned with is to keep the buses running. They will perform the most minimum repair as long as the bus can run and earn money. They have no concern for safety or comfort of the passangers. It is quite common to finf their buses stuck on the side of the road. Greyhound runs thousand times more buses, but you never see them stuck or burrning on the side of the road. All people who commute around the NY Metro area are familiar with their buses and with they way their drivers drive.

    How long will this go on? They receive our tax dollars in order to provide safe transportation to citizens. Its time for them to step up.

    monsey bus driver
    monsey bus driver
    13 years ago

    Fyi for all your negative comments monsey trails gives parnassah to a lot of yungeliet and most of there fleet is updated including this bus was a pretty new bus an electrical problem like this can happen even on a new bus

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    Why does every article have to come with bashing, loshon :ora and rechilos. Let’s start getting out of this depression and think positive

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    what a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the way the bus looks it is a miracle that no one was injured!
    HaShem loves us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    to poster #15 YOU MEAN THEY’RE OLD. NOT ” THEIR” OLD

    monsey  yid
    monsey yid
    13 years ago

    reply to #16 . I was on the bus to Manhattan today on the 10:00 bus and we had to get off the bus on the highway because the air- conditioner was not working. Most of the buses are junk .I do not understand why they still get a subsidy from the gov. in addition to the high price they charge.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    i have been going monsey trails and seldom have problem. not related to them etc etc.you probably angry about the mechitzes

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    I agree with complaints regarding the smoothnes on these buses .i recently made a trip 2 b.p with them & the bus was shakeink terribly the entire way I could’nt sleep or read I was totally trapped in this “rolley coster” I stronglysuugest they should replace these buses (eventhow there’s no competition yet)

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    Unless they shift to battery or hydbrid bus there will always be diesel fumes (like in Yerushlayim). All buses potentially can break down-and by law they likely need to pass certain safety measures. I do not think they are lehaches putting people on unsafe buses; you know what happens when you ASSume.

    It was an unfortunate incident and B”H all (minus some luggage and unfortunately tefillin) are OK. Hopefully they have insurance to help the families who lost posessions.

    Mendy Hecht
    Mendy Hecht
    13 years ago

    I ride Monsey Trails almost every day and if I recall correctly, there is a safety log that every bus must maintain with the government, just like a commercial jet airplane. I have not found the buses to be dirty or poorly maintained in over 10 months of riding with them. The drivers tend to drive a bit wildly, though, but that is because they drive for convenience, not comfort–their goal is to get you from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible and so there’s quite a bit of rocking side to side and short stopping from time to time. However, for friendly heimishe service–especially if you’re a regular who gets to know the drivers, you can’t beat Monsey Trails. Don’t let this incident influence you negatively–as a matter of fact, MT should be praised for having a driver who not only singlehandedly saved the lives of several dozen kids instead of leaving us with an unspeakable tragedy, but even saved most of their luggage.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    they are subsidized by the goverment…that is why the mamhattan bus does not have a mechitza because someone massered them ….and it is a violation of church and state

    To Posters 1, 5, 6, 11...
    To Posters 1, 5, 6, 11...
    13 years ago

    I’ve traveled many times with Monsey Trails buses and never had a problem with any driver or any bus.

    FYI, 2 weeks ago in BP a 2009 or 2010 suburban burned to a crisp on my corner. It can happen. Thank G-d everyone got out safely. Stop looking for blame.

    #1, what’s with your post. I think you should provide a translation into English so the rest of us can understand it.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    The American way always find someone to blame, if the bus fail now obviously it is the bus company’s fault isn’t it?!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    Look at all that has been happening lately. Between a poor little girl being niftar and a bunch of camp boys’ bus going into flames. How dare anyone be arguing about bus companies and their services. The comments under all these stories are all arguments and hostility.What is this? When will everyone wake up and realize that Hashem is sending us a wake up call. Not giving us more reasons to argue about things that don’t matter. Baruch Hashem these kids are all okay. Baruch Dayan Emes to the 3 year Markovitz girl, may her neshoma have an aliyah.
    Have a good Shabbos
    Kol Tuv

    Facts
    Facts
    13 years ago

    #6 , #9 , #11 ,

    I do believe they do receive some subsidy as part of the mass transit system, I was unable to locate they exact source.

    An NTSB search at:

    http://www.ntsb.gov/search/srch_ch.htm,

    yielded 123 results for “Greyhound”; over 300 results for Amtrak; and none for “Monsey Trails” or “Monsey Tours”.

    When I took the Monsey trails buses to YU (MTA) 35 years ago (es chata’ay ani mazkir hayom) they were using 1950’s buses. At some point in the interim they replaced their fleet with new buses so they can’t be 40 years old. The buses are by and large maintained and functional and the only mishap I had in many years using the bus was when a tire peeled and we had to stop on the garden state parkway and another bus picked us up about 40 minutes later. My recollection was that this was on Purim afternoon many years ago. Please do not bad mouth Yidden just because of your hatred of Chassidim.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    The Siefer Torah was removed on Tuesday by mistake by a yeshiva who was heading up to camp thinking that its their Siefer luckily the Siefer torah was saved,Monsey trails thought that the siefer got burend along with the bus, A real נס מן השמים

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    Monsey trails can do what it wants and noone would be the wiser. they are the only ! bus company in monsey and no competition is bad. the drivers are very nice, the company itself is so nasty!!! ask anyone who rides and deals with the bus company.i have been on their buses occasionally and one time the police stopped the bus on the highway before the lincoln tunnel because other drivers were calling in that the bus was shaking violently. we passengers were lurching from side to side. that is a well maintained bus?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    The company is as nasty as their buses! They don’t give a hoot about their passengers. Ever tried calling their customer service? They don’t know what that means unfortunately. If there was any real choice they would be out of business in a heartbeat! Time for change!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    I agree with #45 . It’s high time this company got their act together and started treating their passengers nicely. These are consumers who use their services day in day out. They should upgrade their buses and become more user friendly. This is how to get the public on their side. Change is good!!!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    to number 11 u are sooo wrong i cant even begin to tell you. i work for a bus company out of ny state. i know for a fact that monsey trails keeps up with maintance as does every bus company . they have to pass inspection every year (not so easy when you have broken down flleet). i have personally seen buses go up in flames and that has nothing to do with the driver or the bus company. as to say that grey hound does not have any break downs is down right ignorant.i have a fellow coworker that used to work for grey hound and the stories have not stopped . so it is all in the hands of hashem

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    13 years ago

    #53 maybe you work fir that company because you miss the point!!!
    What we have here is an inept company that will run these buses for another 5o years if they could get away with it. I know because I travel with this company very regularly. They need to buy new buses and get with the program. It’s 2010. Every other bus company has buses on the road that are newer than these sardine
    cans !!!!!

    Maish
    Maish
    13 years ago

    1. I was passing by just as the fire started. The driver was risking his life to take out as much luggage as quickly as possible. (I don’t know if drivers from other companies would do that.)
    2. I know the owner of the company to be a caring person who is involved in kiruv an chessed.
    3. A family member once left something on the bus and they contacted the driver who was waiting for me at the end of his route.
    4. The government subsidies are to maintain bus routes to NYC at peak times even if the buses are not full, not to be used for all company expenses.

    May Hashem repay any loss they suffer through this unfortunate incident.

    183654
    183654
    12 years ago

    3 of my reletives were on the bus thank hashem