3 people died this morning after a private bus on tour in New York and an MTA bus collided in Queens. The tour bus driver was unfortunately among the deceased. 16 people were injured in the accident and transported to nearby hospitals.
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The accident happened around 6.20 am this morning local time at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street. First responders had to use hydraulic extrication devices to extract the metal blocking a way out for the people trapped in both wrecked buses.
The Flushing-based Dahlia Travel and Tours bus collided with city bus Q20 and crashed into a Kennedy Pizza & Chicken.
Most of the injured were brought to New York Hospital Queens and Elmhurst Hospital.
One of the injured, Mr Kang San, 56 years old was struck by one of the busses whilst sitting in his Toyota.
His spouse, Ms Yung Lim, 62 years old, commented: “My husband is lucky. Maybe two minutes [earlier] it would be worse. He was walking before.”
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Ms Lim added: “He was nervous. When I come here, a lot of people lying on the floor. A lot of people were in pain.”
A passerby who saw it all happening, Mr Jay Rivera, said that: “I was just coming from work. I thought it was a terrorist attack, I saw so many sirens and lights flashing. I’ve never seen an accident of this magnitude. The impact must’ve spun the bus around. A lady told me that the buses hit at full speed. They have the Jaws of Life out, so you know it must be bad.”
In response to the accident, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted: “Due to a bus accident, expect extensive traffic delays & a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Northern Blvd & Main St, QN.”