Too-Tall Megabus Gets Stuck at Port Authority After Driver Uses Wrong Ramp

By Gustavo SolisAidan Gardiner and Jeanmarie Evelly  on July 9, 2013 12:35pm

 People took to social media to post photos and updates of a Megabus accident that caused long delays.
People took to social media to post photos and updates of a Megabus accident that caused long delays.
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GARMENT DISTRICT — A double-decker Megabus too tall to clear an overpass got stuck on a ramp near Lincoln Tunnel Tuesday morning after its driver took the wrong ramp, officials said.

The bus got lodged on the 40th Street ramp leading to the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 8:15 a.m., according to a Port Authority spokesman.

It took until just before 9 a.m. for the bus to finally be removed, officials said. Witnesses said the morning rush hour was a nightmare as a result, and took to social media to vent their frustrations.

"Have been on the bus from #Hoboken for 40 min, still nowhere near #portauthority," Twitter user @karatO7 wrote.

"The reason I was 60 mins late," lamented Twitter user @jilaria2.

Two passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the Port Authority spokesman. One refused medical attention and the other was sent to St. Luke's Hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the bus was issued a summons for driving on a ramp that does not allow double-decker buses, the spokesman said.

In a statement, Megabus said the driver had been removed from service while the company conducts an investigation of the incident.

The trapped bus had been heading to New York from Pittsburgh with 66 passengers on board, Megabus spokesman Mike Alvich said in a statement.

"Megabus.com apologizes for any inconvenience to all affected by the delays in the area of the PABT," the statement said.

The discount bus company has stirred controversy before. Last year, the city forced Megabus to move its loading hub from a free street space outside of Port Authority on West 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, after complaints from competitors and neighborhood residents.

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