At least nine people were injured after a New York City bus veered off an overpass in the Bronx and was left suspended over an expressway late on Thursday night, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) tweeted—the major accident comes as the city deals with a spike in hospitalizations due to an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The accident took place around 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night after the bus driver was unable to navigate the roadway and went off the side of the overpass near the Cross Bronx Expressway and University Avenue, NBC News New York reported, quoting a police spokesperson.
Photos and videos of the accident site on Twitter showed the front half of the articulated bus (also called a tandem bus), run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), hanging off the overpass blocking the Cross Bronx Expressway.
FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Hopper who oversaw emergency medical treatment at the site said that the bus fell approximately 50 feet onto the access road and the injured passengers “suffered injuries consistent with a fall from such a great height.”
In a statement shared with Forbes, MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Patrick Warren said “We are conducting a full investigation and will implement lessons learned in order to prevent it from happening again.”
“Currently, we are making sure all the fuel and other hazardous materials within the vehicle is secured until the bus can be pulled onto the roadway,” FDNY Acting Battalion Chief Steven Moore said.