Tour Bus Driver In Times Square Crash Was On Drugs

Ariel Cohen Contributor
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A New York City bus driver crashed a double-decker tour bus into Times Square Tuesday while he was on drugs.

Willian Dalambert, of Irvington, N.J. sped a Grey Line sightseeing bus he was driving into another double-decker at 47th and 7th Avenue on Tuesday, near the Times Square TKTS booth for Broadway shows when he lost control of the bus.

According to the New York City Police Department, the bus driver responsible for the crash in Times Square was definitely on drugs, but they do not know what kind yet.

Witnesses reported that the bus catapulted into the tourist area around 3:27 p.m. One sidewalk traffic light fell over on the sidewalk as a result of the crash.

The area is usually filled with tourists on weekday afternoons, and this past Tuesday was no exception. Fourteen people were injured in the crash, but none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Neither of the buses had passengers aboard.

“The two buses were coming down Seventh Ave. — they were flying,” said Ace Guzman, 61, who saw the crash, told the Daily News. “The blue bus pushed the red bus up onto the sidewalk. Boom!”

The bus windshield blew out when it hit the sidewalk and sprayed glass everywhere. A nearby toddler was almost crushed when the light post fell on her stroller. She is currently in Presbyterian Hospital Columbia for observation, and reportedly doing well.

Police charged the bus driver with driving while his ability was impaired. No charges have been pressed yet.

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