The accident happened at 87th Avenue and 150th Street in the Briarwood section.
A taxi cab passed a red light hitting the mini-bus and tipping it over, police said.
The children were all special education students attending several schools, including PS 80Q.
The bus matron was seriously hurt and is in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital after she was trapped in the wreckage, and several kids were seen being taken from the scene strapped to stretchers. The taxi driver was also brought to the hospital, but all other injuries except the matron were believed to be minor.
Witnesses say the taxi driver may have been on a cell phone and drove through a red light. No charged have been filed against either driver.
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