Times Square Tour Bus Accident Leaves 14 People Injured
A Gray Line bus driving on Seventh Avenue crashed into a CitySights NY double-decker bus at the corner of 47th Street in Time Square on August 5, 2014.
Times Square tour bus accident occurred right next to the TKTS discount tickets booth in one of the busiest areas of Times Square.
Bus windows were shattered and the glass strewn on the pavement.
“The force of the crash brought down a light pole into the plaza next to the booth, and frightening video captured terrified pedestrians running for their lives.”
Cara McCaskill, from Winnipeg, Canada, said: “I saw fire trucks trying to get through all the crazy traffic. And I saw ambulances and blood on the ground.”
The New York City Police Department says 14 of the injured were on foot at the time, including a child in a stroller. Five people were hit by the light pole, and the other nine by debris. The rest of the injured people were on the Gray Line bus. None of the injuries in the Times Square tour bus accident are life-threatening
Liability of the Owners of the Times Square Tour Bus Accident
The New York Daily News is reporting that the driver of one of the Times Square tour bus accident buses had 11 prior license suspensions.
“William Dalambert’s checkered driving past also included nine suspensions of his vehicle registration for a lack of insurance, the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles reported.”
In fact, on December 1, 2013 Mr. Dalambert was arrested for driving in New Jersey without a license, registration or insurance.
While a driver of a car can be held responsible for negligence if he or she causes an accident, on rare situations an employer can also be held responsible for negligent hiring. This appears to be a very likely possibility in this case. The owner of the bus should be responsible for ensuring that the drive was fit and able to drive.
This tragic Times Square tour bus accident will lead to several lawsuits and hopefully reform in forcing the owners of the bus to be held accountable for their drivers.
Authored by: Daniel Szalkiewicz