36 passengers were sent to area hospitals after a yellow school bus in New York City flipped early on Thursday.
Officers from the New York City Police Department arrived at the scene of the overturned bus near Bruckner Boulevard and Hutchinson Parkway at about 5:56 a.m. Thursday, according to a spokesman for the department. As per the authorities, there were no children on board.
The injured passengers, totaling 36, were brought to the nearby hospitals, according to the police.
According to reports from the New York Fire Department, 33 of the victims had minor injuries, while the other three were in critical but stable condition.
Mayor Eric Adams responded to the tragedy on Twitter early on Thursday morning, revealing that the bus’s 36 passengers were summer school and camp program employees and that no children were aboard when the accident occurred.
“This morning, a school bus carrying only bus drivers for the city’s summer programming overturned while exiting the Hutchinson River Parkway,” Adams, 61, wrote.
No one on board was critically harmed, according to the mayor, who highlighted that three of those who had more severe injuries were currently in stable condition.
‘Thankfully, at this time, no major injuries have been sustained on board,’ the mayor said.
‘Additionally, no students were on the bus.’
Reportedly, the driver of the bus was unable to properly maneuver the turn, which caused the vehicle to veer off the road and finally flip. The overturned bus can be seen lying on its side in an aerial video taken at the incident, with adults lying scattered on the field nearby.