24 Hurt in Upper East Side School Bus Accident

Kids were on way to Lincoln Center

By Michael Clancy
|  Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:21 PM EDT
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Chopper 4 hovers over the scene after a school bus and car collide, injuring two dozen students.

Chopper 4 hovers over the scene after a school bus and car collide, injuring two dozen students.

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Twenty-four students were hurt and 11 had to be hospitalized this morning following a school bus accident on the Upper East Side, fire department officials said.

A yellow school bus was rear-ended by a car at about 11 a.m. on 63rd Street between First and Second Avenues, officials said.

According to the Dept. of Education the bus was full of students from PS 149 in Brooklyn, and were on a class trip to Lincoln Center.

Eleven of the students were taken Cornell Medical Center for observation, the DOE said. According to the fire department, seven people were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with stable injuries.  

Witnesses at the scene said the bus rear-ended a car.

A DOE spokeswoman described the incident as a possible fender bender, and said that a woman is claiming the bus stopped short. Parents have been notified and authorities are still investigating.

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