A New Jersey Transit bus rear-ended a private bus conveying more than two dozen students in the Lincoln Tunnel Wednesday, leaving 31 individuals with minor wounds, authorities said.
The private bus, operated by Toronto, Canada-based Denny’s Bus Lines, was carrying 26 students and two staff memebers, including a principal, who were visiting New York this week on an eighth-grade graduation class trip, when it was bumped in the Manhattan-bound center tube around 9:30 a.m.,the Toronto district School Board said. Nobody on the private transport was hurt.
Around 60 people were believed to be on the NJ Transit bus at the time of the accident, a representative for the company said. The 31 harmed included 30 civilian and one Port Authority officer, authorities said. All of the victims were taken to local hospitals, a large portion of them with minor bumps and wounds, and some were transported to be assessed as a safety measure.
David Gomez, who rides that NJ Transit bus consistently, told NBC 4 New York he was in the middle of the bus when he saw the accident about to happen and braced himself. He said a great many people on the transport weren’t arranged for the effect, and a few individuals were bleeding.
Gomez had a wounded leg yet was generally alright. He said activity in the tunnel was unpredictable at the time of the impact.
A while later, individuals were seen leaving the tunnel and being carried on stretchers as FDNY crews headed over into the tunnel with more emergency equipment.
One lady grasped two emergency responders for support as she left the tunnel on the New Jersey side; she seemed shaky on her feet and was attempting to stroll in a straight line. Another lady escorted from the passage held a hand over her heart as she advanced toward a rescue vehicle.
Other individuals left the tunnel on the Manhattan side, where they needed to sit tight for ambulances. The FDNY wasn’t told to react until 50 minutes after the accident on the grounds that it was evidently on the New Jersey side of the passage, and the Patio nursery State took care of the starting emergency response.
It wasn’t clear to what extent individuals were caught in the tube. Authorities said those stuck in the tunnel including two pregnant woman on a bus that was not involved in the accident; one of the ladies started giving birth and was taken to a hospital, where she was relied upon to be alright. The other pregnant lady denied medical attention, authorities said.
The middle tube was close down for a few hours and Chopper 4 demonstrated a few vehicles reversing out of the inside tube as authorities redirected Manhattan-bound activity toward the south tube.
Delays of up to 90 minutes were accounted for at the tunnel. Activity streaming into New Jersey seemed, by all accounts, to be moving easily. Authorities said they anticipated no residual problems for the evening commute.
NJ Transit had no immediate comment on the accident. Brian Denny, owner of Denny’s Bus Lines, confirmed his company’s bus was involved in the accident but had no further comment.