A heavily articulated bus fell off an overpass in New York City, leaving the front half suspended from the ramp of the freeway it was traveling, and its fall was only broken on the road below.
The driver was seriously injured in the accident shortly after 11 pm. Fire officials said seven passengers were lightly injured at the crossroads of Cross Bronx and Major Dejan. They were taken to hospitals. They shared any other vehicles.
One part of the bus – essentially two buses connected to a hub that allows it to cycle through turns – remained on the bridge, while the other half was vertical, and its shattered front end rested on the highway ramp below.
The bus fell about 50 feet down the access road. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Huber said in a social media post that the patients had suffered injuries consistent with falls from such a large height.
Acting Battalion Commander Stephen Moore said in the post that firefighters planned to secure fuel and any other hazardous materials before the bus was pulled completely onto the road.
The transportation authority in the capital said it is conducting a “full investigation and will implement lessons learned in order to prevent this from happening again.”
“We are certain that this was a terrifying accident for these bus customers. Our hearts are with the hope that they can recover quickly,” said Patrick Warren, Chief Safety and Security Officer at the Air Transport Authority in a statement.