The bus was headed westbound on 87th Avenue and had a green light when the driver of a cab ran a red light on 150th Street and plowed into the bus, police said.
The impact caused the bus to flip several times before it landed on its side.
“I was shocked to see the bus flipped over,” said witness El Kazan.
The bus was full of special needs students from P.S. 80 and P.U. 40. The five students on board suffered minor injuries, but one of the adults was trapped and had to be cut out from the top.
Jannatul Ferdaus, whose 10-year-old daughter Saoda was on the bus, ran down the street with her husband when she heard about the wreck to make sure her daughter was safe.
“She was quiet, like she didn’t know exactly what happened,” Ferdaus said. “She goes ‘Oh my God, you don’t know mommy, the bus goes ‘boom.'”
Witnesses told investigators the cab driver may have been on a cell phone.
One of the adults was seriously hurt. The others suffered only minor injuries. Most of the injured students are expected to be released from the hospital later in the day.
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