Three people were killed and sixteen were injured in New York City early Monday morning when a MTA bus and a Dahlia coach bus collided.
Fox News reported that the crash occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing about 6:15 a.m. Seven of the injured victims are in critical condition.
One person died at the scene and two others died after being rushed to the hospital. One of the deceased victims was a pedestrian, another was the coach bus driver, and a third was a passenger. Officials said the MTA bus driver had been on the job for 10 years and was in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“We had a really tragic morning here in flushing, queens. Just shocking to see the scene there..the sheer destruction from the impact of this collision,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who added that authorities were reviewing video evidence to determine how the crash occurred.
In addition, the crash caused a small fire in the building near where the bus crashed, but the blaze was quickly put out. Police urged people to avoid the area after the “very serious collision” that caused “heavy traffic delays.”
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management took to Twitter to warn locals to “expect extensive traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel.”
We will update you further as this story develops.