Gina Pellettiere, Beatrice Ferrari Killed, Several Injured in Bus Accident in Orange County, NY
Orange County, NY — September 21, 2023, Gina Pellettiere and Beatrice Ferrari were killed and others were hurt after a charter bus rollover accident along I-84.
Initial details about the deadly crash say that it occurred at around 1:00 p.m. outside of Wawayanda. It appears the bus was a charter bus carrying students and staff members of the Farmingdale High School band from Long Island.
While traveling along the interstate, authorities believe that a "faulty tire" led to the bus losing control. The bus traveled off the side of the interstate where it then overturned down an embankment.
As a result of the rollover, 43-year-old Gina Pellettiere, the band director, and 77-year-old Beatrice Ferrari, a retired teacher, were killed. At least five students involved were said to be seriously injured while reports indicate that a "majority" of the other students onboard—roughly 40—were transported to area hospitals with unspecified injuries.
Currently, the details about the supposed faulty tire are unclear. It's unclear if the fault is believed to be due to wear or some kind of defect. Separate sources describe the incident as a tire "failure" while others echo the description of the tire being "faulty". Authorities continue to investigate the accident.