A double-decker bus crash has left 13 people injured after the tour bus ran off the roadway, jumped the sidewalk and slammed into a tree on the eastern edge of Central Park on Thursday.
Authorities say that the crash occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and E. 63rd Street on the Upper East Side.
Investigators with the NYPD said that the GO New York Tours double decker bus was traveling southbound on Fifth Avenue. The driver informed police officers that he had been attempting to avoid a taxi that he claimed cut him off. The bus then jumped the curb and struck a tree.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene quickly. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident.
Eyewitnesses to the incident indicated that there were no screeching of tires or brakes and bus driver did not attempt to hit his brakes. They also dispute the driver’s claim that it was a taxi that cut him off but rather a city bus.
Among the injured were two tourists, a 70-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman. The two elderly victims were transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital by ambulance with head injuries. Officials say they are both expected to survive.
A spokesperson for the FDNY said that the other 15 victims who were injured in the accident were transported The FDNY said other victims were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital.
The bus company said in a statement on Thursday night that it was saddened by the injuries. It also said that said that safety is a top priority for the company.
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