1 dead, 30 hurt in NY bus, tractor-trailer crash

By the Associated Press | July 22, 2011 | 2:15 PM EDT

Workers evaluate the scene where a tractor-trailer crashed into a tour bus carrying about 50 people on the New York State Thruway in Waterloo, N.Y., Friday, July 22, 2011. The truck driver was killed and at least 20 people were sent to the hospital, state police said. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A quick-thinking soldier on leave is being credited with helping rescue passengers from a bus that burst into flames after it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on a New York highway.

The driver of the truck, 59-year-old Timothy Hume of Michigan, was killed and 30 people injured.

Police say Sgt. Jacob Perkins of the 10th Mountain Division at nearby Fort Drum came was traveling behind the bus when it was hit about 1:30 a.m. He and others helped evacuate some of the 53 people aboard the bus.

Perkins had started his leave only 90 minutes earlier.

Police ticketed the bus driver, 52-year-old Rene Bisson of Welland, Ontario, for driving with a license that was suspended in New York because of speeding.