Double decker buses collide in Times Square

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Fourteen people were injured after two buses collided in Times Square Tuesday afternoon, sending a light pole crashing to the ground.

The double-decker buses hit each other at around 3:35 p.m. at 47th and Seventh Avenue.

The accident took place right next to the TKTS discount tickets booth in one of the busiest areas of Times Square, which was packed with pedestrians at the time.

A total of 14 people were injured in the crash, FDNY EMS Deputy Chief John Wieland said at the scene. Three of the injured are said to be in serious but stable condition, eight of the injuries are considered minor. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

The injured patients were treated at the scene and then taken to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt and Bellevue Hospitals, Wieland said.

"Everybody was stable. Everybody's going to recover from this. Thank God that nobody was really badly hurt," Wieland said.

As CBS 2's Dave Carlin reported, officials and witness accounts indicated that many people were injured as they stood or walked in the plaza below, rather than on the buses.

"We believe that the traffic light did most of the injuries to the people standing in the area, and some of the flying debris from the light and from the buses," said FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich.

The buses were not fully occupied at the time, and one only just had a tour guide on it, Sakowich said.

But the area was crowded people who had nowhere to run.

"It happened so fast that like, it's not like we could run away from here, because we're all kind of like, trapped," one woman said at the scene. "I don't know if the people that were, like, sitting there ended up being OK."

One man said he saw a woman unconscious at the scene.

"She was lying down right next to the front entrance of the bus, and she was on the ground right near the part — the bus was crashed."

It was unclear if the bus drivers were injured in the crash.

As of 5 p.m., 47th Street was closed between Seventh Avenue and Broadway, Seventh Avenue was closed between 45th and 50th streets, and Broadway was closed between 44th and 52nd streets.

Crews were trying to get to the people who were being triaged at the scene, but an accident investigation was to follow and Seventh Avenue was expected to remain closed for some time, Carlin reported.

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