16 Injured in Bus Accident Near Port Authority

Sixteen people were hurt, one critically, in a bus crash on a ramp near the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

All 16, including the driver, were taken to hospitals after the bus struck a barrier on the ramp at 39th Street and Ninth Avenue around 9:30 a.m., according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Multiple people were found on the ground outside the bus and passengers were trapped inside, said Kevin Ramdayal, a Fire Department deputy chief.

Emergency responders had difficulty entering the bus because of “major damage to the front end” of the bus, he said. One person, found inside the bus, was in “severely critical” condition, he said.

The authority said that the cause of the accident was unknown and under investigation, and that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The bus, operated by New Jersey Transit on the 156 line, was headed to the Port Authority terminal from Fort Lee, N.J., according to Lisa Torbic, a spokeswoman for N.J. Transit.

Orlando Riley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union’s New Jersey State Council, declined to comment on the crash.

By 10:30 a.m., paramedics were seen rolling down two empty gurneys and ambulances were seen pulling away.

The intersection near the Port Authority terminal where the crash occurred is one of the busiest in the city.

During rush hours, buses and cars cram the streets surrounding 39th Street and Ninth Avenue trying to get into and out of the bus depot, the Lincoln Tunnel and the nearby theater district.

A man who works as a bus park attendant nearby said he heard a loud boom above him. Usually crashes happen on the streets below, so the source of the crash seemed unusual, he said.

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