A sightseeing bus sideswiped another double-decker in Times Square, pushing it onto a sidewalk bustling with tourists and toppling a traffic-light pole.
The Tuesday afternoon collision near a discount theater ticket booth at Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street injured at least 15 people, most of whom were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the collision between the blue CitySights NY and red Gray Line open-top buses. Both are owned and operated by Twin America, which is based in New York City.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, and we are cooperating with the authorities,” a company spokesman said in an emailed statement.
Such double-deckers are among the scores that are often packed with photo-snapping visitors to the Big Apple as they lumber through New York City streets, making wide turns at intersections and slowing down so tourists can take in the sights.
Susanne Dilger, 56 years old, a German tourist, said she pulled her 17-year-old daughter out of the way of one of the buses. She saw a woman injured in the crash. “She flew through the air,” said Ms. Dilger, who suffered scrapes and bruises herself.
Bystanders said they were startled as they saw the red Gray Line bus jump the curb, hit the pole and crash into a stone bench.