New York State Police investigating the cause of a bus crash that killed a 15-year-old employee of a river tubing company Saturday afternoon say that a mechanical failure may be to blame.
Hunter Scofield, a National Honor Society student who would have been a high school junior in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., this fall, was thrown from a bus owned and operated by his employer, Tubby Tubes Co. of Lake Luzerne. He died at the scene.
The 77-year-old driver of the bus told police that the brakes on the bus had failed as he slowed down to make a turn on a winding road along the Hudson River in Luzerne. Instead of coming to a stop, the bus careened off the road and flipped, nearly landing in the river.
Scofield was one of 34 people aboard the modified school bus Tubby Tubes uses to transport customers and employees to the Hudson River for tubing excursions. The company employed him as a river guide for the summer.
The company issued a statement on Sunday through its lawyer:
“It is with great sadness that we at Tubby Tubes offer our deepest condolences to those involved in yesterday’s accident, and in particular to the family of the employee who tragically lost his life. Tubby Tubes will remain closed while the investigation into the cause of the accident continues,” the statement said.
According to the Glens Falls Post-Star, Tubby Tubes was launched 12 years ago by Eric Hammel, a whitewater rafting guide. Mr. Hammel bought a horse farm in 2010 and turned it into a snow tubing park to keep the seasonal rafting and tubing business open during the winter months.
The bus driver has not been charged with any wrongdoing and the crash remains under investigation, state police told the Associated Press.