8 injured after NYC bus plunges off bridge

FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Hopper said patients suffered injuries consistent with the 50-foot fall from the bridge to an access road below


Associated Press

NEW YORK — An articulated bus dramatically plunged off a bridge in New York City late Thursday, leaving its front half hanging over a highway ramp, its fall broken only by the road below.

The driver was seriously injured in the crash just after 11 p.m. near an interchange of the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan expressways, and seven passengers suffered minor injuries, fire officials said. They were taken to hospitals. No other vehicles were involved.

A bus in New York City that careened off a road in the Bronx was left dangling from an overpass late Thursday. The driver of the bus was seriously injured, and seven passengers sustained minor injuries.
A bus in New York City that careened off a road in the Bronx was left dangling from an overpass late Thursday. The driver of the bus was seriously injured, and seven passengers sustained minor injuries. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

One part of the bus — essentially two buses connected by a pivot that allows it to navigate turns — remained on the bridge, with the other half vertical, its smashed front end resting on a ramp connecting the two expressways.

“The bus fell approximately 50 feet onto the access road. The patients suffered injuries consistent with a fall from such a great height,” Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hopper said in a social media post.

Firefighters planned to secure the fuel and any other hazardous materials before pulling the bus fully onto the road, Acting Battalion Chief Steven Moore said in the post.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it was conducting “a full investigation and will implement lessons learned in order to prevent it from happening again.”

"We are certain this was a terrifying incident for those customers on the bus. Our hearts go out to them with hope that they can recover quickly,” Patrick Warren, the MTA's chief safety and security officer, said in a statement.

 

“While responding to this incident, I began discussing the information we were receiving, picturing a bus hanging off...

Posted by New York City Fire Department (FDNY) on Thursday, January 14, 2021

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