At least three people are confirmed dead and dozens injured after a city bus and private charter bus collided early Monday in Queens.
The two buses collided around 6:15am at Main Street and Northern Boulevard in the Flushing neighborhood. The busy intersection was thrown into disarray as the city bus; a Q20 was making a right turn when it was struck by the private charter bus.
The impact of the collision sent the charter bus crashing into a nearby building, igniting a small fire. Firefighters that responded to the scene were able to extinguish the fire.
The cause of the accident remains unclear. Speed is believed to have been a factor due to the positioning of the buses after the crash. Investigators are working to track down surveillance video from moments before the crash. They want to understand exactly how this type of accident could occur and what can be done to prevent it from ever happening again.
How many were injured?
Authorities have confirmed three fatalities and dozens of other injuries varying in severity. Those critically injured were rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Those whose injuries were not deemed critical are being treated at Flushing Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital.
Police said a pedestrian, a passenger on the city bus and the driver of the charter bus were killed in the crash.
How did the Mayor react?
Mayor Bill de Blasio is shocked by the destruction of the scene. He says it’s “hard to compare to anything I’ve ever seen.”