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Double-decker buses collide in Times Square

Josh Einiger reports from Times Square.
Fourteen people were injured Tuesday when two double-decker sightseeing buses collided on the east side of the TKTS booth in Times Square.


The force of the crash brought down a light pole into the plaza next to the booth. The buses involved were a red Gray Line bus, and a blue CitySights bus.

11 of the injured were pedestrians, including a child in a stroller. All were hit by the light pole and debris. None of the injuries are life-threatening.


A witness says the tour bus was speeding down 7th Avenue when she had to grab her daughter out of the way before the buses collided.

"The bus came at a very high rate of speed and landed right near my daughter," she said.

One of the drivers had to be extricated.

The glass in the front of one bus was shattered, and glass was strewn on the pavement.

Seventh Avenue was closed from 47th Street to 52nd Streets after the crash, but has been reopened.

All of the injured were taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt for treatment.

Rose Cantillon was visiting the city from Ireland and was nearby.

"I was sitting on a bench, and I turned around and heard screaming, and I ran," she said.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash, with authorities checking surveillance cameras in the area.

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