NEW YORK - Two double-decker sightseeing buses collided in New York's famed Times Square on Tuesday afternoon, sending a streetlight pole crashing to the ground and injuring around a dozen people, CBS New York reported.
The accident happened around 3:35 p.m. at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, the Fired Department of New York said. Both vehicles were open-topped, double-decker sightseeing buses.
Authorities initially reported that 11 people were hurt, but a total of 14 people were injured in the crash, FDNY Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief John Wieland said at the scene. Three of the injured were in serious but stable condition and eight of the injuries were considered minor. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.
The injured were treated at the scene and then taken to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt and Bellevue hospitals, Wieland said.
FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich said 13 pedestrians and one tour guide on the bus was inured. The guide had to be removed from the bus.
"Everybody was stable. Everybody's going to recover from this. Thank God that nobody was really badly hurt," Wieland said.
Fire officials at the scene said most of those injured were hit by flying debris when the lamp post went down. One person's head was stuck under the dashboard of a bus, but her injuries were not serious, officials said.
The accident took place right next to the TKTS discount tickets booth in the heart of Times Square. The popular tourist destination was packed with pedestrians at the time.