Crash sends school bus spiraling into home’s South Jamaica lawn

Police investigate an accident involving a school bus that ended up on the lawn of a home in South Jamaica. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A 59-year-old pedestrian sustained serious injuries to her legs after she was struck by a school bus that plowed through a brick fence and into a home in South Jamaica during a two-vehicle collision in South Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said.

The woman, who police said had been walking on Liverpool Street near Glassboro Avenue, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, suffered trauma and was considered critical by FDNY personnel, who responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. Several nearby residents said her legs appeared to be injured.

The 26-year-old driver of a black Nissan Altima involved in the crash was initially considered to be in serious condition, according to a spokesman for the FDNY. But both people were listed in stable condition at the hospital, according the NYPD.

The 36-year-old driver of the school bus, two children who were passengers and the bus matron escaped injury, according to police. Fire officials said four other people were examined at the scene.

Police said the investigation was ongoing and no criminality was suspected.

Bevon Eliazer had been walking on Glassboro Street when she saw the crash at about 2:45 p.m.

“I held my head and screamed,” he said.

Everton Green, 48, who lives in the home that was struck by the bus, said no one was in the house or outside at the time.

“My kids are always sitting right there,” said Green, pointing to the smashed brick fence that surrounds his home. “I can’t understand what kind of accident this is.”

Residents in the area said they had been petitioning for years for a four-way stop sign at the intersection.

“At least once a month there is an accident here,” said Franzo Law. “You could save a child’s life.”

A similar request had been made for the intersection of 110th Avenue and Liverpool Street, one block to the south, and the petition was successful after more than five years, residents said.

“If someone is speeding, you don’t have time to get across,” Law said.

Updated 12:23 pm, January 19, 2012
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