Three dead, 16 injured as buses collide in Flushing

Ealry reports have three people killed and over a dozen injured when an MTA bus was struck by a tour coach bus in downtown Flushing.
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Three people were killed and 16 were injured when two buses collided in Flushing early Monday morning. An MTA Q20 bus and a Dahlia charter bus crashed around 6:15 a.m. at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street, police said.

Several of the victims were in critical condition “still fighting for their lives,” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who rushed to the scene. “This is a very painful moment.”

The Dahlia bus slammed into a Kennedy Fried Chicken at 136-04 Northern Blvd. igniting a small fire that was quickly extinguished, according to the FDNY. Among the dead were a pedestrian discovered under one of the buses, a passenger aboard the Q20 and the driver of the charter bus, according to officials at the scene.

The injured were taken to several area hospitals, including New York Presbyterian Queens and Elmhurst Hospital Center.

MTA Chairman Joe Lohta, who was at the scene with the mayor, said speed was a factor as both buses were sent spinning following the collision. The tour bus is suspected of speeding eastbound on Northern Boulevard, where it crashed into the MTA Q20 bus as it was making a turn from Main Street, he added.

The MTA, NYPD and FDNY were all investigating the crash, which is at a preliminary stage, de Blasio said.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 10:09 pm, September 18, 2017
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Helton from Flushing says:
It's impossible for the Q20 to generate the high rate of speed required for this type of impact, simply because it has to slow down to make the right turn from Main St onto Northern Blvd.

That leaves the Dahlia bus as the one traveling at the high rate of speed.

My guess is that the light changed to green for the Q20 and the Dahlia sped up trying to beat the light.
Sept. 18, 2017, 12:55 pm
Joey from Flushing says:
They should check his immigration papers and everyone on they bus. I bet he was. Importing. Illegal. They use the bus company to do this just like the illegal cabs. To all illegal conversion homes all over queens
Sept. 18, 2017, 1:09 pm
Steve g from White stone says:
Fake news won't. Report that. Drive was illegal. Or everyone on on that buss. They are destroying queens at full rate. The student drivers. Blow threw stop signs. And don't follow rules but they still get a lincence We need new leadership in queens. This on on diblasio. Hands. And the liberal of nyc.
Sept. 18, 2017, 1:17 pm
Helton from Flushing says:
The Daily News published a video of the accident which clearly shows the light being red on Northern Blvd.

The Q20 bus driver makes a slow turn from Main onto Northern when it is pulverized by the Dahlia bus which is obviously traveling at a high rate of speed.

You can see from the video that the light was red for at least 10 seconds as the Q20 pulls away from the curb on Main ST and turns onto Northern Blvd.

The Dahlia driver comes barreling through the intersection.

Sept. 18, 2017, 4:35 pm
Felony from Queens says:
Not sure if it applies here, but drivers who choose to drive but do not have a license should be charged with a felony. Maybe applies here, applies to guy who mowed down bikers recently in Brooklyn.
Sept. 18, 2017, 5:03 pm
... says:
Lol Joey and Steve the bus was empty. Nice try scoring political points off of a disaster...
Sept. 19, 2017, 5:49 pm
John. C from Flushing says:
Look like the driver had a previous dwi. This company should be out of business. We have to stop. There are to many illegal car services all over whitestone and flushing just look at murrry st and 33 ave flushing. In the morning. It's full of Asian women. With luggage getting picked. Bye different cars this has to stop. Koo knows what's going on he in on the take we need ice hear full force
Sept. 19, 2017, 9:08 pm
Tom from Queens says:
Amazing. For once the comments section has been moderated and the racist comments of a mentally disturbed person were removed. Unfortunately it looks like he has just continued posting under different user names.
Sept. 20, 2017, 11:08 pm

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