On Friday in Queens, four people were seriously injured during a chain-reaction
accident that began when a school bus full of students crashed into a truck.
According to officials, the accident occurred at about 11:40 a.m., when
a yellow school bus, carrying 22 children, plowed into a Penske box truck
that was traveling southbound on the Clearview Expressway, near Hollis
Court Blv. on Hillside Ave. in Jamaica Estates. The impact made the truck
jump a curb and slam into a 34-year-old woman. It then struck three other
pedestrians before crashing into a sidewalk produce stand that was set
up outside of a grocery store.
The injured pedestrians were taken to Jamaica Hospital and Long Island
Jewish Medical Center, officials said their injuries were serious, but
non-life threatening. Apparently, the doctors were at Jamaica Hospital
were able to stabilize the first woman that was hit, who suffered a critical
injury during the accident.
The children on the bus were not believed to be seriously hurt, but were
taken to be evaluated.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. As of Friday
evening, no arrests or summonses have been made.