UPDATE: 15 Injured in Times Square Double-Decker Bus Crash
New York City fire officials have commented on the two double-decker tour bus collision in the heart of Times Square, which injured 15.
"We are very, very fortunate that there were not more injured," Deputy Fire Chief Roger Sakowich has now told The New York Times.
The crash occured just before 3:30 near the Duffy Square booth, next to the TKTS location to purchase discounted tickets to Broadway shows. The collision involved a Grey Line sightseeing bus and a blue City Sightseeing bus, which knocked down a stop light. Social media reports have shown that bystanders rushed to help the injured at the scene.
Per the Tmes: "Three people sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the others had minor injuries. All but one of those hurt were pedestrians, injured by flying glass and debris, officials said."
A witness told ABC 7 earlier today that "tour bus was speeding down 7th Avenue... before the buses collided."
As of this afternoon, Seventh Avenue has been shut down from 47th Street to 52nd Street.
The New York Fire Department went on to tweet this afternoon: "MAN ALL HANDS W 47 ST, MVA INVOLVING 2 TOUR BUSES, SEVEN INJURIES REPORTED."
11 injured, 3 seriously, in tour bus crash in Times Square, senior FDNY official tells NBC News pic.twitter.com/fxbjQrCRf4- Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 5, 2014