At Least One Dead When MTA, Coach Buses Collide in NY

Tomas Mccoy
September 19, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said they were investigating the circumstances around a deadly bus crash in the Flushing section of Queens on Monday morning that resulted in three fatalities and 16 injuries. One person pinned under the bus died at the scene; two others, among the seven critically injured, died at a hospital, authorities said.

The driver of the Dahlia Travel and Tours bus, which struck the building, was killed in the crash, along with a passenger in the MTA bus and a pedestrian on the sidewalk, according to the NYPD.

Dahlia, a travel and tour bus company based in Flushing, could not immediately be reached for comment on the accident.

Photos tweeted by the Fire Department show passengers being rescued from a window near the back of the private bus.

A cause of the crash is under investigation. The Q20, which runs from Jamaica to College Point, was about midpoint on the route.

"I'm here day and night". "It's just shocking to see the scene over there".

Authorities are urging people to avoid the area, and say to check the MTA's website for a list of bus delays. A building that houses a number of retail stores, including a fried chicken restaurant, also sustained a "very substantial" impact, and experts were working to make sure it was secure, de Blasio said.

In February 2016, one of the company's buses rolled over en route to a CT casino, injuring 14 passengers.

Dahlia has been cited for unsafe driving multiple times by federal regulators.

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