Published: Sep 12, 2010 1:05 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 11, 2010 10:05 PM EDT

SALINA, N.Y. (AP) - A bus accident in a suburb of Syracuse, N.Y., has left four people dead and two dozen injured.

Authorities say the double-decker bus was too tall to fit under a low railroad bridge. It smacked into the bridge in the pre-dawn darkness, leaving the top level crushed and partially peeled back.       

Officials say the bus was carrying 27 people, including the driver, who suffered head injuries.
      
Sheriff's deputies say the dead included three men and a woman. Officials say 24 people were taken to hospitals, most suffering from minor injuries. A handful were still in the hospital this afternoon.
      
The bus company says the bus was traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto with stops in Syracuse and Buffalo. Officials say for some reason, the driver left his usual route and was on a lakeside parkway that might have been unfamiliar to him.