Toronto bus slams into Manhattan overpass
New York ? A charter bus from Toronto smashed into a New York overpass Sunday afternoon in a spectacular impact that tore the roof off the vehicle and snarled traffic in downtown Manhattan. Police said the collision occurred when the driver attempted to steer the 13' 6" bus under a temporary construction overpass that was only 9' 6" high. Signs warning of the overpass height were reportedly posted on Manhattan's Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive. The driver of the bus, owned by Bus Preferences Coach Lines, was charged with traffic violations, including operating an overweight vehicle on FDR Drive. Most of the 49 passengers on the bus were bruised but otherwise unhurt.However, a boy who suffered a throat injury and a woman who complained of chest pains were taken to hospital. The bus driver, a 56-year-old man, reportedly told police that he had travelled along FDR Drive before and had not expected to encounter the temporary overpass. The crash occurred around 2 p.m. on the last day of the American Thanksgiving weekend, one of the busiest holiday travel times in the U.S.