School Bus With Special-Needs Students Gets Stuck in Sinkhole

By Lindsay Armstrong on February 25, 2014 9:17am 

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 A school bus got stuck in a sinkhole in Washington Heights.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A sinkhole swallowed the back wheel of a school bus carrying students on West 164th Street and Broadway Tuesday morning, the FDNY and Department of Education said.

Eleven children and four adults were aboard the bus when it got stuck just after 8 a.m., fire officials said. No one was injured.

The students were being transported to two different schools: P138M at Junior High School 47 and P226M at Health Professions and Human Services High School, both in the Gramercy area, a DOE spokeswoman said.

They were on the vehicle for more than an hour before being transferred to a second bus. The stuck vehicle was moved around 9:20 a.m.

Erika Rivera, who lives on West 164th St., said the hole had been there for weeks — and was one of many.

"That's been here for a while, ever since the snow," she said.

"There's potholes all up and down this street. Honestly I was expecting something like this to happen, but I was hoping it wouldn't be kids."

The bus belonged to Reliant Transportation. The company did not respond to a request seeking comment.

West 164th St. was closed to traffic between Broadway and St. Nicholas Ave. for much of the morning.

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