Tour bus full of riders overturns on NY roadway

By the Associated Press | August 3, 2011 | 10:29 PM EDT

In this photo taken from the WBNG website, first responders work at the scene of an overturned tour bus on Interstate 81 in Whitney Point, N.Y, Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2011. WBNG.COM reports that the accident happened just after 7 p.m. (AP Photo/WBMG.COM) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A tour bus carrying more than 30 passengers has overturned on an upstate New York highway, injuring several people.

A dispatcher for the Broome County Sheriff's Department says four people were seriously injured and 36 others suffered minor injuries. He says the accident happened Wednesday night on Interstate 81 in a southbound lane near the village of Whitney Point.

Two hospitals say they're treating a total of 16 patients from the crash, most with minor injuries.

Wilson Medical Center spokesman John Tooley says paramedics are treating people at the scene.

Tour bus industry safety has drawn heightened attention since a New York crash in March killed 15 people.