Tour buses collide in NYC’s Times Square

August 5, 2014
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At least 13 people were injured when two tourist buses collided in the heart of New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday.

Three of the injuries were serious, but not life-threatening. Victims were taken to area emergency rooms, according to ABC7.

Eight pedestrians were hurt, in addition to three people riding the tour buses — a red Greyline bus and a blue City Sights bus, according to NBC News.

The crash occurred near the TKTS booth, where theatergoers purchase discount Broadway tickets.  A traffic signal was knocked over in the collision, DNA Info New York reports.

Orville Anderson told the New York Times:
“All of sudden we heard this big boom,” he said. “I saw the lightpole coming over and fall down. I looked over and we saw people laying on the ground. It was scary.”


Now: #FDNY at scene of bus accident in #TimesSquare. 11 injuries. No life-threatening injuries at this time. pic.twitter.com/sKAuEiU3C9

— FDNY (@FDNY) August 5, 2014

A witness told ABC-7 New York that one of the buses was traveling at “a very high rate of speed and landed right near my daughter.”


UPDATE: 2 double-decker buses crash in Times Square http://t.co/wrpTL6fsFLPhoto: @jprice141788/Instagram pic.twitter.com/8bXCGLKQ8q

— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) August 5, 2014

On average, 350,000 pedestrians enter the man intersection of Times Square daily, while another 115,000 drivers/passengers pass through by car and bus each day, according to the Times Square Alliance.

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