NEW YORK — It was a grim reminder of a frightening pattern: An overnight tour bus returning to New York City from a nearby casino slammed into the median on Interstate 95 early Wednesday. It swerved to the left and struck the median, then careened to the right and slid along a wall beyond the shoulder for about 500 feet.
This time, the people on board were lucky.
There were 23 passengers on the Star Tag tour bus heading to Queens from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, when, about 6:20 a.m., the driver lost control of the vehicle as they passed through New Rochelle, according to the New York State Police. No other vehicle was involved.
The driver and all of the passengers were able to walk. They were taken to area hospitals, and their injuries were minor, police said.
A police official said it did not appear that the driver had been drinking.
Last year, a string of deadly crashes cast a harsh light on the low-fare buses that cart gamblers to and from casinos.
The worst of those accidents, which killed 15 people on I-95 in the Bronx, was caused by driver fatigue, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded. Federal officials responded with a crackdown on the industry, shutting down 26 bus operators in May.
A woman who answered the phone at Star Tag on Wednesday suggested that its driver may have skidded because the roads were wet from rain.