March 12, 2011 2:41 p.m. EST
New York (CNN) -- At least 13 people were killed when a tour bus overturned in the Bronx early Saturday, officials said.
The driver of the bus said he was cut off by a truck driver -- who continued driving -- causing the bus to swerve into a guardrail, flip on its side and smash into a pole that sliced through more than two thirds of the vehicle, according to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
In addition to the dead, eight people among the 32 passengers on board suffered severe injuries, Kelly said. The victims were rushed to the St. Barnabas and Jacobi hospitals.
"We have no minor injuries at this time, everyone is considered serious," said Kelly, adding that the crash likely occurred at high speeds.
The accident occurred just after 5:35 a.m. as the bus was traveling south on the New England Thruway near the border of Westchester an
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