15 die in New York tour bus horror crash

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At least 15 passengers have died in a freak tour bus crash in New York, when the roof of the bus was 'sliced off'.

The driver lost control when he swerved to avoid a tractor trailer, and the bus toppled on its side, skidding along the road before smashing into a metal sign, which ripped through all the windows, opening up the coach 'like a tin can'.

The crash happened on the New England freeway in the Bronx at 5.30am local time.

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department, which had to cut free 34 trapped ­passengers, said the pole 'went through the whole bus from front to rear'.

The coach, owned by World Wide Tours based in Brooklyn, was returning to New York City from the ­Mohegan Sun casino in Norwich, Connecticut.

As well as the fatalities, there are also six people being treated in hospital in a critical condition.

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