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MTA: School Bus Driver Tried To Flee After Hitting Q23, Other Vehicles

EMS: 16 People Were Hurt In Queens Incident; Injuries Not Life-Threatening
Scene in Queens where empty school bus crashed into Q23 bus and other vehicles, injuring several people. (credit: Monica Miller, WCBS 880)

Scene in Queens where empty school bus crashed into Q23 bus and other vehicles, injuring several people. (credit: Monica Miller, WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several people were injured in a crash involving an empty school bus, an Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and several other vehicles in Queens on Thursday.

The MTA said the school bus hit numerous cars, then struck a Q23 bus at the intersection of 108th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway in Corona.

WCBS 880′s Monica Miller Reports

A witness said he was driving near the MTA bus when the school bus came at them.

“I saw a bus plowing, going very quickly, but I didn’t see where he was going to make the turn. There were a lot of cars underneath the highway, he couldn’t possibly make a turn,” Howard Miller told WCBS 880′s Monica Miller.

“It jumped the divider, the yellow line, and it tried to squeeze in between two cars underneath the L.I.E. but it was crowded, he wasn’t able to fit,” the witness said.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones With More On The Story

The Q23 bus was traveling north and the empty school bus south on 108th Street, before the school bus hit a number of vehicles and then crossed lanes before hitting the MTA bus, an MTA spokesperson said.

The driver of the school bus then tried to drive away, but was stopped a short time later two blocks away,  an MTA spokesperson said.

“They managed to radio in the cops and tell them that he took off,” the witness told Miller.

EMS said a total of 16 people were hurt.  Some of the injuries occurred on the MTA bus that was struck. However, none of the injuries were considered life threatening.