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October 10, 2013

Four bus passengers remain in critical condition today

NEW COLUIMBIA — The investigation continues into the Wednesday Greyhound bus crash on Interstate 80, which killed one and injured more than 40.

Police have still not identified the woman killed in the crash, only saying she is of Asian descent.

Eleven people - including the driver - are still being treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville: 4 are listed as in critical condition, one serious and six in fair condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

Pennsylvania State Police released a passenger list Wednesday evening, identifying 46 passengers and the driver of the bus.

The driver was confirmed as Sabrina Anderson, a 12-year employee of Greyhound, who was one of the patients listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center following the crash.

None of the listed passengers was from Pennsylvania, although the hometowns of 17 passengers were unknown. Passengers with known hometowns came from eight states - New York, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, Connecticut and New Jersey - and five countries - Russia, Sweden, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Spain.

The 14 patients that were transferred to Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg were treated for “primarily impact associated injuries, they ranged from bumps and bruises to lacerations and fractures,” said spokeswoman Deanna Hollenbach.

The patients transferred to Geisinger Medical Center also sustained “motor vehicle trauma-related injuries and provide you the grouping of their medical conditions,” said spokesman Mike Ferlazzo, though he said he couldn’t get more specific due to privacy concerns.

Electronic monitoring systems may or not be able to provide clues to the crash, according to industry officials.

Like cars, most motorcoach buses are equipped with electronic control monitoring systems, which can show how fast the bus was traveling upon impact, the engine throttle and if the brakes were applied before impact, said Philadelphia-based

attorney Jim Ronca, who has handled many complex vehicle crash cases involving buses.

Another important part of the investigation will be skid marks on the scene, Ronca said.

“It’s important to get to scene as quickly as possible,” he said. “There are marks on the road which won’t be there forever.”

Police said the National Transportation Safety Board will not be investigating the crash upon the reopening of the federal government.

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