.On September 22, 2023, a devastating accident took place on Interstate 84 in Orange County, New York. A charter bus transporting the Farmingdale High School marching band from Long Island was involved in the tragic incident near the town of Wawayanda, which is about two hours northwest of New York City.

Expressing Sympathy from KDLM Law Firm

The incident resulted in the loss of two lives and left numerous individuals injured. In response to this unfortunate occurrence, KDLM Law Firm would like to offer its sincere sympathies to the families affected by this tragic event.

Details of the Incident

The ill-fated Orange County bus crash involved a group of six buses transporting the Farmingdale High School marching band and their chaperones, totaling around 300 students. They were on their way to their annual band camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania when tragedy struck. One of the buses that crashed veered through a wire barrier, tumbled down a 50-foot ravine, and flipped over. This devastating incident occurred just 40 minutes away from their intended destination.

An aerial view of a bus crash in Orange County.
A charter bus carrying high school students to a band camp veered off a New York highway

Preliminary Assessment by Governor Kathy Hochul

Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her astonishment at the incident, suggesting that a preliminary assessment indicates a potentially faulty front tire as a contributing factor to the accident. 

Ongoing Inquiry into the Accident

An extensive inquiry is currently in progress to ascertain the precise factors behind the tragic incident. In this unfortunate accident two adults namely Gina Pellettiere and Beatrice Ferrari, lost their lives while around five to six students sustained severe injuries. Numerous other individuals were transported to nearby medical facilities for further examination.

Governor Hochul’s Message of Support

In the words of Governor Hochul, “There’s a lot of families that need some love tonight, and we extend that from 20 million New Yorkers.” She urged the community to keep the affected families in their thoughts and prayers as they attempt to recover from this traumatic experience.

Reflections from Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman reflected on the day that began with excitement and joy as students embarked on a band trip. This trip was meant to be a weekend filled with fun and a celebration of their shared passion for music. Unfortunately, it ended in tragedy for so many.

National Transportation Safety Board Investigation 

The operator of the bus, Regency Transportation of Nesconset, New York, had valid operating authority from the State Department of Transportation and had passed a valid semi-annual inspection. Additionally, the driver held a proper license. The National Transportation Safety Board initiated a safety investigation to delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Grief Counseling for Students

The Wawayanda bus crash has left a lasting mark on the community, particularly the students who were passengers. In order to assist these young individuals in managing the emotional aftermath of the tragedy, grief counselors have been made accessible.

Remembering the Victims

Bus accident Lawyers/AttorneyThe victims have been identified as Beatrice Ferrari, 77, of Farmingdale, and Gina Pellettiere, 43, of Massapequa. Beatrice Ferrari was a retired social studies teacher and a beloved figure in the marching band program. Her family and friends remember her as a dedicated mother and a passionate educator. Gina Pellettiere, known as Ms. P, served as the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble Director at Farmingdale High School. She was not only a passionate teacher but also a single mother to a 2-year-old child, leaving a lasting impact on her students and their families.

Resilience of the Students

It is imperative to acknowledge the strength and resilience of the students. who were on board, many of whom were freshmen. They displayed remarkable composure and courage amidst the chaos. The injured were promptly transported to several area hospitals for medical treatment.97


KDLM Law Firm’s Condolences and Commitment

As the community comes to terms with this tragic incident.KDLM Law Firm extends its heartfelt condolences to the affected families. Our thoughts are with the students, staff, and everyone impacted by this devastating accident. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those affected in any way possible within the bounds of the law.