Bus, Tanker, Truck Crash in Harlem, Injuring 31

An MTA bus, a tanker and a truck collided on 125th Street, fire officials said

By Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 9:21 PM EDT
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An MTA bus, a tanker and a truck collided on 125th Street, injuring 31 people, fire officials said. Ida Siegal reports.

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An MTA bus, a tanker and a truck collided on 125th Street, injuring 31 people, fire officials said. Ida Siegal reports.

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Thirty-one people were injured when an MTA bus, a white box truck and a gasoline tanker collided on a Harlem street on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. 

The bus was hit by either the truck or the tanker as it was pulled over at a bus stop at about 1:45 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and East 125th Street, authorities said.

"I heard a big collision noise, and all I saw was people flying off of the bus, back into the bus," said witness Latasha Brown. 

FDNY Deputy Chief John Sullivan said at the scene that he could not speculate on the chain of events leading to the collision, and deferred questions on the investigation to police.

Most of the injuries were minor, though two people were more seriously hurt. 

"There were several people that were getting off the bus, and when the bus was hit, they were knocked to the ground," said Sullivan. Those two adults, a man and a woman, complained of head and chest pain.

The victims, nine of them children, were taken to Harlem, New York and Metropolitan hospitals. Two others refused medical treatment. 

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