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New Details Released in Queens Bus Crash

Paige Tears-Gladstone8 months ago

Three were hospitalized Monday when a bus bound for Queens came off the road and slammed into a support pillar beneath the FDR Drive.

Driver Distraction Suspected in Queens Bus Accident

According to CBS News, the accident took place around 4:30 p.m. on Monday along the access road leading to the FDR Drive at 34th Street. At the time, ten passengers and a driver were aboard the Queens-bound QM11 bus on its way out of Manhattan.

Authorities are still working to determine how the 40,000-pound bus departed the access road and traveled onto a nearly 2-foot barricade, then collided with a FDR Drive support column before stopping with its front right tire 2 ½ feet off the ground. However, authorities are looking into allegations that the bus driver was distracted at the time.

Passengers Suffer Significant Injuries in Accident

This collision warped and cracked the front door of the bus, trapping the driver and passengers inside. Firefighters were forced to pry the door off and use a ladder before passengers were able to exit. Looking embarrassed, the bus driver stood up and apologized to the riders for the incident.

Nine of the eleven people complained of pain following the accident, and three were sent to the Bellevue Hospital Center. 

One of these was the 46-year-old driver, who was rushed to the Center with a hand injury. He was accompanied by a 63-year-old man who suffered chest injuries when he hit the sit in front of him and a 56-year-old woman who had also sustained minor injuries.

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