BY JON CRONIN
A Resort World Casino Tour Bus crashed into the side of a building on Woodhaven Blvd removing about one third of its façade exposing the interior apartments.
The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. just before rush hour. Northbound traffic was diverted to side streets as spectators gathered on neighboring lawns. Police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances blocked Woodhaven Boulevard and 63rd Avenue running east and west. The bus was not removed from the building until the police and firefighters concluded their on-site investigation into the crash well into the evening.
Resort World Casino spokesperson Nell O’Connor released the statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by today’s bus accident. We are cooperating fully with the authorities in the investigation.”
Helicopters, online, print, and televised media and onlookers continued gathered on lawns with iPads and smartphones stood adjacent to the accident as police taped off an ever expanding area east down 63rd Avenue and warned pedestrians to be cautious and respectful of neighbor’s properties.
At approximately 4 p.m. the 112th precinct tweeted, “Please avoid N/B Woodhaven Blvd at 63 Avenue due to a collision requiring an investigation.”
A NYPD spokesperson stated in an email to the Queens Tribune, “A 2006 Toyota was traveling north on Woodhaven Blvd. in the second from right lane. The bus was also traveling northbound on Woodhaven in the right lane (designated bus lane). At the intersection of 63rd Avenue the Toyota attempted to make a right turn onto 63rd Avenue. The Toyota crossed into the path of the bus causing the bus to strike the Toyota. The bus then struck a building. Six individuals in the bus were taken to area hospitals with non- life threatening injuries. The operator of the Toyota, Hussain Mustafa, was given a summons for improper turn.”
It seems the fault may be with the driver of the Toyota, but some noted the buses, which run Free between Manhattan, Brooklyn, Elmhurst, and Flushing to Resort World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park have been a concern. Community Board 9 Member Joel Kuszai tweeted hours after the crash, “On Saturday I saw multiple Resorts World busses driving on Woodhaven bus lanes far in excess of speed limit. Passenger cars racing them.”
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