Six people were injured last week after a 17-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed into a bus shelter at 65th Avenue and Douglaston Parkway, police said.
Five people waiting at the shelter at Douglaston’s Q30 bus stop were taken to Queens hospitals in ambulances after rainy conditions caused the driver to slam into the shelter Oct. 7 just before 8 a.m., police said. The driver was also injured in the crash.
Police said five people were treated for broken bones and minor injuries. The New York Post reported that a sixth man underwent emergency surgery after both his legs were broken.
The vehicle’s driver suffered a minor head trauma, the Post reported.
The driver was attempting to pass another vehicle as he drove southbound along the Douglaston Parkway when a puddle caused his 1998 Nissan Sentra to hydroplane and hit the shelter, shattering all of its glass, police said. But he was not arrested at the scene and will not likely face any charges after police deemed the crash an accident.
The road was closed in both directions while emergency responders removed the victims. The shelter remained open for commuters throughout last week, but its glass has not yet been replaced.
Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.
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