Tuesday, September 20, 2011
18 Hurt When Partial Building Collapse Sends Debris Onto Bus At 125th Street In Harlem
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Part of a building collapsed Tuesday morning, striking a city bus at 125th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue.
The brick facade of a 2-story building at 305 West 125th Street, which was being demolished, collapsed and sent debris onto scaffolding protecting the sidewalk surrounding the site around 9:15 a.m. Part of that scaffolding collapsed as well. Debris from the collapse struck the back of a city bus which had 30 passengers on board, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports.
Officials said a total of 18 people were injured, including a mix of passers-by, workers and passengers. Two police officers also suffered minor injuries trying to rescue people.
Gisselle Ubeda, an employee of the nearby Rainbow store, described the scene. “It looks terrible,” Ubeda said. “Part of the building has fallen.”
Witnesses said the front of the building started leaning forward amid the demolition, and tipped over.
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