Arrest in collision of tour buses in NYC's Times Square

New York Police Department officers stand at scene of a collision between two tour buses in Times Square on August 5, 2014 REUTERS

NEW YORK -- One the bus drivers involved in the crash of two double-decker tour buses in Times Square Tuesday has been arrested on charges of driving while impaired, reports CBS New York.

The crash sent debris flying and left 14 people injured and Times Square blood-spattered.

Witnesses at the scene told CBS New York it sounded like a bomb went off when the buses collided.

Tourist Cara McCaskill, of Winnipeg, Canada, saw the scene of the accident moments after it happened as she walked out of her hotel.

"I saw fire trucks trying to get through all the crazy traffic," the 16-year-old said. "And I saw ambulances and blood on the ground."

None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, fire department officials said.

 

The accident happened at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, an area teeming with tourists near the TKTS discount Broadway ticket booth. A stretch of Seventh Avenue was shut down for hours.

Witnesses said a Gray Line tour bus rolled into the area at a high speed.

Fire department spokesman Jim Long said the bus then crashed into the other bus. A yellow traffic light toppled, its metal pole lying on a pedestrian strip. Long declined to give other details pending an investigation.

Afterwards, reports CBS New York, pieces of plastic littered the ground, and the lamp post lay in pieces.

CBS New York says the driver of the moving bus, William Dalambert, 58, of Irvington, New Jersey, was charged with "driving while ability impaired," by drugs or another controlled substance. More charges may follow, the station added.

Fire Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich said, "We are very, very fortunate there weren't many more injuries. The size of that light pole with the street light on it could have done a lot more damage. We're very lucky."

An Irish tourist, Rose Cantillon, was nearby but wasn't injured.

"I was sitting on a bench, and I turned around and heard screaming, and I just ran," she said.

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