Children Taken to Hospital When School Bus Overturns After Collision

By Ben Fractenberg and Danielle Tcholakian  on March 10, 2014 5:22pm  | Updated on March 10, 2014 6:43pm

 A school bus overturned after a taxi hit it at the corner of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue, sending nine people to the hospital Monday afternoon.
A school bus overturned after a taxi hit it at the corner of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue, sending nine people to the hospital Monday afternoon.
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BROOKLYN — A driver and several children were evaluated at a local hospital when the school bus they were in overturned after colliding with a cab in Bed-Stuy on Monday afternoon, according to officials and witnesses.

The green Boro Taxi was heading east on Halsey Street when it collided with the bus at the intersection of Marcy Avenue at about 3:37 p.m., police and fire officials said.

The impact caused the school bus to tip onto its side.

There were six children on the bus who were taken to Kings County Hospital and Woodhull Hospital as a precaution, a Department of Education spokeswoman said.

Bed Stuy councilman Rob Cornegy said the children all had special needs.

Two adults on the bus, including the driver, were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to police and sources. The driver of the taxi was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition, police added.

The students attend P.S. 53K housed in I.S. 296 and the Academy for Environmental Leadership, according to the DOE. Parents of the students have all been notified.

A witness said he saw three or four children, aged between nine and 12 years old, removed from the bus on stretchers. They all appeared to be conscious and not seriously injured, the man, who declined to give his name, added. 

David Blaize, 65, who owns a building at the corner of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue, said there were three or four accidents at the intersection last year.

"We need speed bumps or some kind of traffic enforcement here before someone is really seriously injured."

No one has been charged in the collision and the investigation is ongoing.

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