Text and photos by Daniel Katzive
An MTA bus and a construction vehicle collided on Amsterdam Avenue this morning, sending 13 riders to the hospital, with one person refusing medical attention, according to fire and police officials. The accident, involving an uptown M11 bus, occurred at around 11:20 a.m. between 81st and 82nd Streets.
According to the FDNY, none of the injuries reported at the scene were life threatening. Victims were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital and to Mount Sinai Morningside (St. Luke’s).
At least six ambulances responded to the accident. Medics could be seen evaluating passengers, who remained on the bus, and then escorting them to ambulances.
According to the NYPD, both vehicles were northbound on Amsterdam Avenue. The flatbed construction vehicle is believed to have sideswiped the bus, police said. Drivers of both vehicles were among the injured.
The driver’s side window of the bus was shattered and the bus’s side view mirror was lying on the roadway. Investigators could be seen examining the right rear corner of a construction truck parked nearby, though there was no obvious visible damage.
The construction company identified on the truck’s door was not immediately able to provide information on the incident, but we will update this article if they do.
Update, August 10, 5:30 p.m.:
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