Two double-decker buses crashed into each other in Times Square on Tuesday injuring at least 18 people.
None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, fire department officials said.
The crash took place just before 3:30 p.m. at the corner of 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, it sent at least one traffic light tumbling to the ground and debris flying onto a sidewalk crowded with tourists and shoppers.
Witnesses said a Gray Line tour bus rolled into the area at a high speed.
William Dalambert, of Irvington, N.J., was charged with driving while his ability was impaired. He was allegedly high on drugs at the time.
The NYPD said a red Gray Line sightseeing bus sideswiped a blue CitySights NY bus and another vehicle on Seventh Avenue, a one-way southbound route, then jumped a curb onto the sidewalk at Duffy Square near the TKTS discount ticket booth for Broadway shows.
Deputy Fire Chief Roger Sakowich said one bus carried no passengers while the other was not crowded. A tour guide on the Gray Line bus sustained serious injuries, officials said. The impact sent her tumbling and she was briefly trapped, with her head lodged beneath the dashboard, they said.
She was extricated and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment.
Fire Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich said, “We are very, very fortunate there weren’t many more injuries. The size of that light pole with the street light on it could have done a lot more damage. We’re very lucky.”
David Chien, a spokesman for Twin America, the parent company of both bus lines, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, and we are cooperating with the authorities.”
Seventh Avenue was closed from 47th Street to 52nd Streets for hours after the crash.
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