Updated 03/12/2011 05:35 PM
Two Bronx Hospitals Treat Bus Crash Victims
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Family members and local authorities visited the two Bronx hospitals that are treating the victims of Saturday's tour bus accident on the New England Thruway.
Of the 32 people who were aboard the overturned World Wide Tours bus that was heading from Mohegan Sun Casino to Manhattan's Chinatown, officials say 14 have died and police say the rest received critical or serious injuries.
“It went boom, boom, boom near the center and then down something -- just a half second,” said passenger Chung Ninh. “I heard two guys say help!”
Fifteen passengers were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in Morris Park, Bronx. By 4:30 p.m. Saturday, one of those patients had died and only six remain hospitalized.
Another five people, including the driver, were brought to nearby St. Barnabus Hospital. The driver survived and has cooperated with investigators.
Many of the injured are said to be suffering from severe head trauma and some have lost limbs.
"The types of injuries we received, some of them were very critical. Skull fractures, rib fractures, internal bleeding, pulmonary contusions or internal bruising to the chest cavity, as well as large lacerations and other injuries," said Dr. Ernest Patti, the senior attending physician of St. Barnabus.
Family members visiting patients said they were glad to see their loved ones survive the crash.
"We saw her, she's okay for now. She's allowed to go into surgery," said Kevin Ng, whose grandmother was injured in the bus crash. "She broke her ankle and had a minor concussion."
In Jacobi, two patients were initially put on life support. One patient died today and the other was expected to be removed from life support later today.
Members of the Chinese Consulate and Bronx Councilman James Vacca also visited the victims.
Families seeking information about victims are asked to visit the New York City Police Department's 5th Precinct, located at 19 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown.