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Community mourns loss of teen in bus accident

LAKE LUZERNE - "He was a young man that was tremendously kind, tremendously funny, tremendously intelligent and just had unlimited potential," said Paul Berry, Superintendent of the Hadley-Luzerne School District, as he spoke about Hunter Scofield.

State Police said that Scofield, 15, was killed when a bus he was riding in, tipped over. State Police said the bus was owned by Tubby Tubes in Lake Luzerne, the company Scofield worked for.

"Our community, I think, is still in those early stages of grief. There is shock and disbelief and anger and frustration," said Berry.

As the community continues to grieve, State Police said Friday their investigation into the crash is ongoing. They told CBS6 News that no mechanical issues on the bus have been found and that the brakes appear to be fine.

Right now no charges have been filed.

The State Department of Transportation said that the buses used by tube companies, like this one, are required to have DMV inspections every year. But they are not subject to DOT inspections every six months because they are not for hire, like school or charter busses.

State Officials confirmed for CBS6 that DOT is now looking to see if that should change.

Back at the school, Berry told CBS6 that Hunter was looking forward to playing football in the fall. It was a long awaited opportunity. The varsity football program has been gone for three decades. Berry said Hunter will be remembered at those games. He's sure students will come up with other ways to honor him as well.

"Hunter's memory will be honored. It will be honored this year, next year and the following year and the following year," said Berry.

A scholarship is being set up in Hunter's named. Donations for the scholarship can be given to any Glens Falls National Bank.

Tubby Tubes was still closed Friday. CBS6 called the company's attorney, but haven't heard back yet.
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