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MTA bus, tour bus collide in Queens

In a tragic turn of event this morning in Flushing, New York 2 buses crashed leaving destruction and injured victims scattered in the streets of Queens, NY.  Innocent bystanders just walking casually down the street become victims to  this deadly crash. 3 dead 16 injured according to eyewitness reports after a tour bus “speeding” down a busy Queens street crashes into an MTA bus this Monday, September 18, 2017.

The Dahlia Travel and Tours charter bus slammed into the Q20 MTA bus around 6:15 a.m. at Northern Blvd. and Main St., in Flushing, New York sending both buses careening onto the sidewalk and killing a pedestrian, NYPD said.

Witnesses describe the tour bus as flying down the congested street of Flushing when the collision happened.

The accident scene was chaotic with injured victims crying and screaming. People were pinned under the front of the city bus. One man’s head was split open, with many other people hurt. Reports indicate that one victim died on the scene, one at Elmhurt Hospital, and a third victim at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Six of the passengers stated in critical condition, one individual in serious but stable condition and nine others suffering minor injuries.

Onlookers watched as a bloodied man was removed on a stretcher wearing a neck-brace. There was shattered glass all over the block. One driver lay traumatized up against a pole. Another man lay on his side while being treated by an NY firefighter.

The driver in one of the buses was pinned and needed to be excavated.

Authorities are investigating a report that the charter bus ran a red light. The impact sent the city bus spinning onto the sidewalk.

NYPD’s 109th Precinct, in a post on Twitter, wrote that the collision was “very serious” and caused heavy traffic delays.

flushing bus crash | Three killed, 16 injured after tour bus slams into MTA bus in Queens.

Flushing bus crash | Three killed, 16 injured after tour bus slams into MTA bus in Queens.

FDNY rushed to extinguish small fires, shut off leaking gas in a nearby buildings struck by the out-of-control buses, officials said.

Tour Bus Collision - 3 Dead

Tour Bus Collision – 3 Dead

MTA Charter Crash - Scene in Flushing

MTA Charter Crash – Scene in Flushing


On Monday afternoon, police identified the victims as Raymond Mong, 49, of College Point Boulevard in College Point, who operated the tour bus; Gregory Liljefors, 55, of 140th Street in Flushing, a passenger on board the Q20 bus; and Henry Wdowiak, 68, of 35th Avenue in Flushing, a pedestrian who was walking at the intersection when the crash occurred.

Dahlia Travel and Tours Bus History

In February 2016, a Dahlia Travel and Tours bus bound for Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut rolled over during a snowstorm. 36 people were taken to the hospital. The tour company is based in Flushing.

According to the state police, the bus struck a guardrail and flipped onto its side shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the Exit 61 off ramp of I-95 north. In all, 36 people were taken to hospitals and medical clinics, police said.

Of the 16 people taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, four were described as being in critical condition, hospital spokesman Mark D’Antonio said Tuesday. Three of six additional patients who were transferred to Yale-New Haven from Middlesex Hospital in Middletown also were listed in critical condition, he said.


This story is developing. Check back for updates.


Fatal Crash Valley Stream

FATAL CRASH: Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened on the Southern State Parkway this morning in Valley Stream. Police say the one-car crash occurred at the Franklin Avenue overpass at 12:35 a.m.

Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened on the Southern State Parkway this morning in Valley Stream.

Police say the one-car crash occurred at the Franklin Avenue overpass at 12:35 a.m.

The young victims were identified as Joseph Kelly, 19, and Justin Johnson, 19, of Laurelton.

New York car accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny, weighs on this horrific accident, “Southern State Parkway parkway is very DANGEROUS with all the curves and merging lanes.

Accidents happen on this parkway very often especially between exits 14-17.

Fatalities occur just about every month. Condolences to the families of the two victims of this tragic accident, may they rest in peace.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.


Long Island women killed waiting for tow truck

BREAKING NEWS OUT OF BAY SHORE, N.Y. Jessica Ortiz a 21 year old college student thought she was playing it safe by waiting for a tow truck in her car, but where she parked ended up making the difference between life and death.

Sadly, Ortiz’s life was cut short when she was killed in a tragic accident in Bay Shore, Long Island Wednesday afternoon while sitting in her parked car waiting, she thought safely, for a tow truck.

She was pulled over on the shoulder of the Sunrise Highway for a flat tire.

“As the tow truck operator began to assist her, the second vehicle swerved out of the lane of traffic onto the shoulder, hitting Ms. Ortiz’s vehicle and forcing that vehicle into the tow truck,” said Suffolk County police Detective Lt. Edward Reilly.

The 51-year-old man driving the Chevrolet Caprice that slammed into Ortiz’s vehicle was critically injured, but survived.

Ortiz was parked on the shoulder right before the mouth of an on-ramp. She had three busy lanes of the Sunrise Highway on her left, and the on-ramp and two service road lanes on her right.

She chose to stay in her car to wait for help to arrive.

Woman Was Waiting In Car For Tow Truck When She Was Struck, Killed On L.I.

New York Personal Injury Attorney, Paul Ajlouny,  suggests “even though every situation is different, the safest place to be is off the road.  In this devastating tragedy there was no predicting the fatal result.” Mr. Ajlouny goes on to explain, ” Each year, people are killed on the shoulder of interstates.   Approximately 12% of all interstate highway deaths are pedestrians in the roadway or on the shoulder.” continues Mr. Ajlouny.

“The safest thing, in my opinion, is to get out of your vehicle, and stay about  60 feet to the rear of the vehicle — off the shoulder guard rail — so that oncoming traffic can see you. According to reports, Ms. Ortiz was, literally stuck in the middle of lanes of traffic, she did the right thing staying in her car,  unfortunately no one could of ever imagined the tragedy that would take place due to driver distraction.” Mr. Ajlouny said.

Condolences go out to Ms. Ortiz’s family and friends.

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