NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2) – It happened so fast.
A bus stop in the Bronx became the scene of a deadly accident Tuesday, when a livery cab collided with another vehicle before slamming into unsuspecting bystanders.
PHOTO GALLERY: Bronx Bus Stop Crash
The bone-chilling crash occurred just before noon and was caught on nearby surveillance camera. One person was killed and six others was injured.
Those who witnessed the crash in the Kingsbridge Heights section of the Bronx said a Town Car shattered the bus stop, leaving glass and twisted metal littering the pavement and roadway.
“It was like an explosion, and then glass,” said witness Peter Jaquez. “It rained glass, looked like it was raining glass.”
And those who saw the terrible injuries to the victims said it was gut wrenching.
“What I witnessed, it was unbelievable,” said Nelly Bloise. “I’d never seen something so horrifying.”
All said they will never forget the scene in front of 109 West Kingsbridge Road.
“It’s terrible,” said one resident. “You’re not even safe on the sidewalk no more.”
Surveillance video captured the moment as a livery cab shot across Kingsbridge and smashed into the bus shelter.
Marcelino Adraneda, 76, was pinned under the car and killed. Six others were injured, including the cab driver, Pedro Marte, 57.
“The cab driver behind him tried to stop couldn’t stop,” said Jaquez. “Hit him in the left front, and careened off into the bus stop.”
Among the injured is Dulce Contreras, whose leg was severed by the impact. On Tuesday night she was in intensive care, with her family keeping vigil by her side, reports CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown.
Marte suffered cuts and bruises, but was released from the hospital.
“He is shaken up and he is very sorry about the whole situation,” said Fernando Mateo of the taxi federation.
Police said the driver of a minivan made an illegal U-turn in front of the livery cab. Witnesses tell 1010 WINS reporter Steve Sandberg that the livery cab swerved to avoid the mini-van, struck the corner of the van, lost control and plowed into the bus shelter.
The mini-van driver was questioned by police and has been issued a summons for making the illegal U-turn. However, there were no criminal charges in connection with the accident, police told 1010 WINS.