The accident happened at the intersection of Ditmars Blvd and 21st Street in Astoria. The MTA bus ended up on the sidewalk, just feet from going into a storefront, and narrowly missing people eating at an outdoor café on the corner. The bus crashed into two parked cars, which prevented it from going into a building.
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"It sounded like a bomb. It was a humungous sound. We were so afraid, we came running to see what happened," said Laura Milander.
The accident happened just before 12:30 Sunday as the bus was heading down 21st Street, and the fire truck was coming down Ditmars Blvd. The firefighters were heading to a fire about half a dozen blocks from the crash scene.
According to witnesses, there were pregnant women and young children on the bus.
"The driver of that truck was hanging outside the window. I immediately ran over to try to hold him up. He was bleeding. I was holding him up while the other firefighter came around to try to open the door, because at that time, the truck started rolling, so I was holding him. I was moving with him," said Anthony Pace.
Everyone who was injured is expected to be okay.
The fire down the street was brought under control, with no reported injuries there.