A collision involving two buses occurred in Manhattan on Thursday evening, resulting in injuries to 18 individuals, as reported by fire and EMS officials.
Deputy Chief Kevin Murphy from the New York Fire Department’s Division 1 Unit stated that reports of a significant vehicle crash were received shortly after 7 p.m.
According to AFP, emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find a serious accident, further complicated by the involvement of the larger double-decker bus.
New York EMS Division 1 Deputy Chief Paul Hopper mentioned the challenges faced in the evacuation process from the double-decker bus, which involved removing passengers through windows.
Due to the damage caused by the crash, ladders and ropes were utilized to safely bring some individuals down, as explained by Murphy.
Hopper stated that many of the injured individuals suffered from cuts, bruises, scrapes, as well as suspected fractures, head, and neck injuries.
Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to Hopper, who also mentioned that approximately 63 other passengers requested evaluation by a doctor present at the scene.
When asked about the cause of the crash, both Hopper and Murphy declined to speculate.
One of the bus passengers, Ishrak Jahan, shared her experience with CBS News New York, recounting how she heard screams and saw a bus approaching rapidly.
Jahan described the scene as resembling a movie, with shattered glass and blood, prompting her to immediately call 911.