NEW YORK (AP) – A bus plunged dramatically from a bridge in New York City late Thursday, leaving its front half suspended over a freeway slip road, its fall only interrupted by the road below.
The 55-year-old driver broke his jaw in the crash and refused to submit to a drug and alcohol test after arriving at hospital, authorities said on Friday.
Seven passengers sustained minor injuries in the crash, which occurred after 11 p.m. near a Cross Bronx and Major Deegan freeway interchange. They were taken to hospitals. No other vehicle was involved.
Part of the articulated bus – essentially two buses connected by a pivot that allows it to navigate the bends – remained on the bridge, the other half upright, its broken front end resting on a ramp connecting the two expressways.
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“The bus fell about 50 feet on the access road. The patients suffered injuries consistent with falling from such a great height, ”Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hopper said in a social media post.
Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, adding that no mechanical issues were detected in the bus. The MTA said it was conducting “a full investigation and will implement lessons learned to prevent this from happening again.”
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The driver, whose name has not been disclosed, was on his regular trip. He has over 11 years of service and a good safety record, the MTA said. The driver took a breath test at the crash scene, but then refused to submit to a subsequent drug and alcohol test at the hospital, said Patrick Warren, head of safety and security. the security of the MTA.
“It’s obviously disturbing,” Warren said.
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