One Dead, Four Injured When Bus Jumps Curb In Chinatown
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One person was killed and four otheres injured when a Fung Wah bus jumped a curb and struck a bank in Chinatown Monday morning.
The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of the Bowery and Canal Street.
A dump truck rear-ended the Boston-bound bus, forcing it into the bank. The bus was stopped to pick up passengers.
Lai Ho, 57, had a heart attack after being hit by debris. The Brooklyn resident, who had been waiting to board the bus, was pronounced dead at New York Downtown Hospital.
According to the NYPD, the driver of the dump truck and the two passengers on the bus were all transported to local hospitals with neck, back, and head injuries. A fourth person was also taken to the hospital in stable condition.
"It sounded and looked like the impact was very great," said one witness. "The truck must have been coming down very fast off the Manhattan Bridge."
"If he just came off the sidewalk five feet more and turned it this way, I'm done," said another witness. "Look what he did to a bus, imagine what would have happened if he hit my van."
Three other cars were also involved in the crash, including an NYPD Critical Response vehicle. Two officers were treated for minor injuries on the scene.
Fung Wah buses are known for inexpensive roundtrips from New York to Boston. The company has come under scrutiny for its safety practices after several incidents, including on September 5, 2006, when one of its buses overturned on a freeway ramp outside Boston, injuring 34 people. However, police say in this case, the bus appeared to be legally parked.
This is the fifth time pedestrians have been struck in four days.
As of Monday evening, the crash was still under investigation.