By Tuan Nguyen and Tom Liddy
KIPS BAY — Three people were hurt Wednesday afternoon when a taxi set off a chain-reaction collision on First Avenue, authorities and witnesses said.
The accident unfolded just after noon at 53rd Street, after a taxi rear-ended a car, according to officials.
The car then rear-ended a city bus, which was in the second lane of traffic because a truck was blocking the bus stop, according to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.
One person in the cab as well as the driver of the car and bus, an M15, were injured, Ortiz said.
"It hit really hard in the back of the bus," said Chris, who works at Mme. Eleanor cleaners nearby.
No bus passengers were injured in the smashup.