Camp Govoah Bus Crash Sends Eight To Hospital With Minor Injuries


A bus carrying 13 passengers crashed Monday, sending eight to an area hospital.

At approximately 4:34 p.m. Monday, the bus, which was traveling from Camp Govoah in Durham, was on county Route 22 in the town when it had lost power causing it to roll backwards, according to a statement made to state police by the 20-year-old driver.

“The vehicle continued backwards for approximately one-tenth of a mile,” State Police Troop F

Commander Major Edward Raso said, “and traveled off the south shoulder, striking and severing a utility pole.”

Eight of the passengers were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries as a

precautionary measure, police officials said.

The accident is still under investigation.

Fraidy Karmel, the wife of Camp Govoah’s Head Counselor Rabbi Leibel Karmel, said the camp was
“Everyone is fine, thank god,” Karmel said, “and we are just so grateful that all of the children are fine and no one had to stay in the hospital.”grateful for the speed and efficiency of the first responders.



  1. I was one of those kids who went to the hospital and the article is wrong because only two of the 8 boys went to Columbia Memorial, the rest went to two other hospitals.

  2. 1. What’s wrong?? Maybe he’s from a state where they drive at 16? I was and its Very ez to rack up the miles rto the point where we could rack up more miles in 2 years than NY’ers do in a lifetime!

  3. I understand that you must_hock, first commenter…

    But, Is 20 years old too young to drive a bus???? Last I checked it was 17 that was too young… so I guess that woulreappraised leave us with… is he responsible though? And the answer is that staff at Camp Gavoha felt he is responsible enough… and unfortunatly, yes 40 year olds also have malfunctions with vehicles… its all in G-d’s hand!!!!!!!!!