Updated 06/26/2012 09:32 PM
Collision With MTA Bus Injures 29 In Harlem
Fire officials say a collision involving two trucks and an MTA bus in Harlem sent more than two dozen people to the hospital this afternoon. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
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A BX 15 bus was letting off passengers at 125th Street and Fifth avenue when a box truck crashed into it just before 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The bus was the last element in a chain reaction that began when police say the box truck was rear-ended by this gasoline tanker.
Veronica Atkins said she saw the pile up from her window.
"The white truck was trying to get through but there was a oil truck on the opposite side," she said. "He thought he could squeeze through and it just said 'boom, boom, boom.'"
Jimmy McMillian was on the bus with his sister when the accident happened.
"Me and my sister were in the back of the bus," he said. "She was reading her book and she put her book away and a few seconds later we heard a big sound like 'boom, boom.' I looked back and I saw the inside of the truck because it tore out."
"I'd never been inside something like that before," said a young boy. "So I was scared. There was a whole bunch of yelling and stuff."
31 people were aboard the bus. A half dozen waiting to get off were sent flying. The fire department says 29 people were taken to the hospital, most with minor injuries.
"Everybody complained of neck and back, sprains, that kind of nature," said FDNY Deputy Chief John Sullivan.
Two passengers were being treated for chest pain. Two others aboard the bus declined treatment.
A dispatcher for the gas tanker company said the driver told him another truck had sped by him, causing him to ram the box truck. The dispatcher says the tanker had dropped off gasoline just ten minutes earlier.