At least 14 people have been injured after two double-decker buses collided Tuesday afternoon in Times Square, officials said.
The collision in Manhattan involved “contact with some sort of light pole,” a New York City Fire Department spokesman said. Three people had serious but not life-threatening injuries, and 11 people had minor injuries, and all were being treated at area hospitals, he said.
The department received the call at 3:22 PM.
At least 14 people have been injured after two double-decker buses collided in Times Square
One of the drivers involved in the bus crash has been arrested.
William Dalambert, of Irvington, New Jersey, was charged with driving while ability impaired. Police say tests will determine whether prescription or illicit drugs were involved.
William Dalambert was driving a Gray Line tour bus when he struck another parked double-decker bus Tuesday, police say.
It happened near the TKTS discount Broadway ticket booth.
Witnesses said the Gray Line bus rolled into the area at a high speed.
A Fire department spokesman said it then crashed into the other bus. A traffic light toppled, its metal pole lying on a pedestrian strip.
It wasn’t clear if William Dalambert had a lawyer.
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the Boston Marathon suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev planned to detonate the rest of their explosives in Times Square.
Michael Bloomberg said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect, had told the FBI he and his brother Tamerlan “spontaneously” decided that New York would be next.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters the suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs.
Three people died and over 260 were wounded in the April 15 Boston Marathon attack.
“Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets,” Michael Bloomberg said during Thursday’s news conference at city hall.
“He and his older brother intended to drive to New York and detonate those explosives in Times Square.”
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the Boston Marathon suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev planned to detonate the rest of their explosives in Times Square
Raymond Kelly said the brothers had planned to head to New York after hijacking a car and its driver in Boston last Thursday night.
“That plan, however, fell apart when they realized that the vehicle they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station,” Raymond Kelly said, adding that the driver escaped and alerted police.
Police intercepted the brothers in the stolen car, prompting a gun battle that left 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead.
Michael Bloomberg praised Massachusetts law enforcement for their work in stopping the suspects, saying “we know they had the capacity to carry out the attacks”.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is said to have travelled to New York at least once last autumn.
He is now in police custody in hospital and has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill people.
Before reportedly telling investigators he and his brother planned an attack on Times Square, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had said they were planning to go to New York “to party” after the bombings.
Following 16 hours of interrogation, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped responding to investigators’ questions after being read his legal rights to remain silent and have a lawyer, US media report.
Michael Bloomberg said there was no evidence New York was currently a target, but that the Tsarnaevs’ alleged plan proved the city remained a prime location for people who want to “bomb and kill Americans”.
On Thursday afternoon, police vehicles lined Times Square in a show of force, with officers standing shoulder to shoulder.
“Why are they standing like that? This is supposed to make me feel safer?” Elisabeth Bennecib, a tourist from France, told the Associated Press.
“It makes me feel more anxious, like something bad is about to happen.”
The suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, has said he will travel imminently to the US. The family wants to take Tamerlan’s body back to Russia. But it is not clear if his former wife will join him.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva left the US and failed to make a court appearance after being arrested last June on suspicion of stealing $1,624 of women’s dresses from a Massachusetts department store.
Amanda Bynes was spotted wandering aimlessly around New York City’s Times Square wearing a blue shirt over her head.
Amanda Bynes’ attempt to hide her identity seeming backfired, and instead attracted more attention.
Amanda Bynes was spotted wandering aimlessly around New York City’s Times Square wearing a blue shirt over her head
A source told Us Weekly the star was “pretending to be a ghost”, while a second onlooker said she was “walking into things because she couldn’t see”.
Amanda Bynes made a stop at McDonald’s during her outing, where an eyewitness tells the publication she ordered a coffee and a soft drink which she sipped at the same time.
The star sparked concern earlier this week after complaining about her current weight.
Amanda Bynes, 26, posted a picture of herself in a tight top and skirt on Twitter on Tuesday morning with the caption: “Looking pudgy and I broke my nail.”
Last month she revealed her plans to lose 21 pounds and drop down to 100 pounds by pounding the streets of New York.