A school bus filled with 22 children hit a truck in Queens, leaving four people seriously injured. According to New York Daily News, the Penske box truck was headed southbound on Clearview Expressway when it was struck by the school bus on Hillside Ave. near Hollis Court Blvd. In Jamaica Estates. After being hit the by school bus, the truck jumped the curb and slammed into a sidewalk fruit market.
The truck hit a 34-year-old woman and three other pedestrians before hitting the product stand. Witnesses said the awning collapsed, causing fruits and vegetables to fly everywhere. The injured pedestrians were taken to Jamaica Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Officials said the injuries were serious, but non-life threatening. The first woman hit suffered a critical injury, but was stabilized by doctors at Jamaica Hospital.
NY Daily News reports that the children were being evaluated but did not appear to be seriously injured. Police are investigating the accident and as of evening on April 17th, no arrests or summons were made.
Motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately all to common in the New York metro area. Last month, a 21-year-old driver crashed into the wall of a church in Baldwin, Nassau County. CBS New York reported that he fled the scene and eventually turned himself in; he was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and operating a vehicle without a proper license. In February, a three-vehicle crash involving a pickup track and a Suffolk County Transit bus in Medford left eight people injured.