Nine people were injured after a bus in New York City veered off an overpass in the Bronx and was left hanging on a highway late one night, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) tweeted – The major accident comes as the city deals with a spike in hospitalizations due to Increase in Covid-19 cases.
The accident occurred at around 11:00 p.m. NBC News New York, citing a police spokesman, reported that the bus driver was unable to navigate the road and veered off the side of the bridge near the Bronx Cross Highway and University Street in the evening.
Twitter photos and videos of the accident site showed the front half of the articulated bus (also called a tandem bus), operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), suspended from the bridge blocking the Cross Bronx Highway.
FDNY Vice President Paul Hooper who oversaw emergency medical treatment at the site said the bus fell about 50 feet on the access road and that injured passengers “sustained injuries consistent with falling from such a great height.”
“For the time being, we are making sure that all fuel and other hazardous materials are secured inside the vehicle so the bus can be towed onto the road,” said Stephen Moore, Acting Battalion Chief at FDNY.