Police: Bus driver didn't brake before hitting overpass

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Police: Bus driver didn't brake before hitting overpass
Police and firefighters respond to the scene of a charter bus accident on the eastbound Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, N.Y., Sunday, April 8, 2018. A charter bus carrying teenagers has struck a bridge overpass on Long island, mangling the entire length of the top of the bus. (Howard Schnapp/Newsday via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the driver of a charter bus full of high school students didn’t brake before hitting an overpass on a Long Island parkway where commercial traffic is prohibited.

State police Major David Candelaria told a news conference on Monday that the driver apparently was unaware of the restriction despite roadside signs warning about it.

A sign posted by the state on the overpass in Lakeview, New York, says the clearance is 7 feet, 7 inches. The height of the bus was believed to be about 12 feet.

Two 17-year-old girls were hospitalized with serious injuries from the Sunday night crash.

The group had arrived at Kennedy Airport after a spring break trip to Europe and was heading to a drop-off location in Huntington Station.