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Updated: State Police Release Names of Bus Crash Victims

The accident happened early Saturday morning as 32 people were coming back from a Connecticut casino.

Authorities have identified two people who were among the 15 killed in Saturday's bus crash on I-95.

On Monday,  New York State Police released the names of 13 people who slammed into a sign post and was split in half. However, two of the victims remained unidentified. Authorities said on Wednesday that these two victims have been identified. They will release the victim's names after notifying their families.

In addition, authorities have reunited a previously unidentified survivor with his family. Kin Chai Mock, 76, was identified on Tuesday and remains in critical condition at Jacobi Hospital.

The 13 identified people who died in the accident include men and women who ranged in age from 40 to 83-years old. Many of the victims were residents of New York City. 

The 13 victims whose names have been released include:

Miguel Aquino, 55;

Kam Ming Eng, 81 and Yuk Chun Eng

Jose Garcia

Bing Fong Lee and Don Lee, 76

Biqin Mei

Ninh Tran

Jian Hua Wang, 40

May Ling Wong

Ock Thling Wong, 83

Yang. T. Xian

Michael Yeh, 65

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. near Exit 14 on I-95 in the Bronx. The World Wide Tours bus had been traveling back from Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut when its driver, Ophadell Williams, 40, lost control of the vehicle, according to State police. The bus flipped over on its right side and continued to travel along a guardrail until it hit a sign post on the west side of the roadway, which sliced the bus in half from end to end.

Police said the cause of the accident is still under investigation, but according to several news reports, Williams told authorities he lost control of the bus when he tried to swerve after being clipped by a tractor-trailer in the adjacent lane.

In addition to Williams, 32 passengers were on the bus. Fourteen were pronounced dead at the scene, while 18 passengers were taken to Jacobi Medical Center and St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx. Seven people are still in serious condition at the hospital while one victim died Monday morning, according to state police.

Williams was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital.

New York State Police, the New York City Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to interview crash survivors and witnesses, are pursuing investigative leads, and will use forensic evidence to recreate the accident. Anyone with information about the accident or events leading up to the crash should call 914-769-2600 or email the New York State Police at: trpkinv@troopers.state.ny.us

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated that authorities released the names of 15 people killed in the crash. They released the names of 13 and have identified two other victims. The story has been updated to reflect this correction.

whitestrikr21 March 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM
great pictures of the police cars. good thing we got to see them
MARC March 15, 2011 at 04:25 AM
Agreed on police car comment. Harrison Patch is credible but this is their downside,,,Puzzling and unsupportive pictures add very little. ITS OK TO SHOW NO PICTURES. (tell the boss)
fuzzy March 16, 2011 at 08:59 AM
why is this being handle by state police it happened in the bronx and should be handle by highway 1 of the nypd?nypd was on scene with new ro and pelham and state police but its in nypd part of highway
fuzzy March 16, 2011 at 09:01 AM
sad to see all the names listed god bless them all and my heart goes out to all the familys of the lost ones and the injured. Say a hail mary
EMTALLTHEWAY March 31, 2011 at 02:24 AM
why does it matter if nysp are taking care of the investigation it doesnt matter if its new ro's or nypd territory nysp can go n handle anything in ny state and where the accident happened isnt JUST nypd territory. who cares which police dept handles it as long as it gets investigated properly and those families have answers to the cause. god bless the families and the injured. prayers to the families of the lives lost

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