NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Fourteen people were injured after two buses collided in Times Square Tuesday afternoon, sending debris flying and a light pole crashing to the ground.
The double-decker, open-topped sightseeing buses — one operated by Gray Line, the other by City Sights — hit each other at around 3:35 p.m. at 47th and Seventh Avenue, CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported.
The accident took place right next to the TKTS discount tickets booth in one of the busiest areas of Times Square, which was packed with pedestrians at the time.
A total of 14 people were injured in the crash, FDNY EMS Deputy Chief John Wieland said at the scene. Three of the injured were reported to be in serious, but stable, condition.
The injured people included a tour guide on one of the buses, officials said. The tour guide was thrown under the dashboard. Her injuries we considered among the most severe.
No one other than the drivers was on either of the buses at the time. Contrary to earlier reports, the drivers were not injured, and they stayed at the scene during the investigation.
The other 11 injured people were on the ground, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
Martin Meredith’s young daughter, Lila, was among the injured.
“The lamp post supports fell on her and crushed her, and pushed in her stroller,” said Meredith, of Brisbane. Australia.
The injured patients were treated at the scene and then taken to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital and Bellevue Hospital Center, Wieland said.
“Everybody was stable. Everybody’s going to recover from this. Thank God that nobody was really badly hurt,” Wieland said.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the buses knocked down the lamp post and it came crashing down along with a traffic signal. The buses also struck a granite bench.
Surveillance video showed the traffic signal coming down on the east side of the TKTS booth.
“We believe that the traffic light did most of the injuries to the people standing in the area, and some of the flying debris from the light and from the buses,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich.
The area was crowded with people who had nowhere to run.
“It happened so fast that like, it’s not like we could run away from here, because we’re all kind of like, trapped,” one woman said at the scene. “I don’t know if the people that were, like, sitting there ended up being OK.”