A horrific bus crash this morning that left three dead and several more injured was captured on stunning surveillance video, showing the moment when one vehicle careened into the other in one of the most densely packed intersections in Queens, New York, resulting in a fiery, deadly crash.
In the video, provided to ABC News by ABC station WABC in New York, a New York City MTA bus is seen turning a corner in Flushing at just after 6:15 a.m. when a Dahlia charter bus comes barreling into it. Three people died and 15 others were injured in the collision.
The accident sent the charter bus onto the sidewalk and into a restaurant, sparking a small fire, officials said.
The fire was quickly put out by firefighters, who treated the injured.
The charter bus speedometer was photographed at the scene stuck on 60 mph — twice the speed limit in the intersection. While investigators have not determined why the bus was apparently going so fast, sources say investigators have recovered enough surveillance cameras to conclude the charter bus was speeding when it crossed the intersection.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “It’s just shocking to see the scene.”
“It’s hard to compare it to anything I’ve seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of this collision,” de Blasio said.
“We want to make sure we understand exactly what happened and prevent this from ever happening again,” Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said.
The three people killed were the driver of the private bus, a passenger on the MTA bus and a person on the street who was run over, according to officials. Sources briefed on the investigation say the victims were: Raymond Ming, 49; Gregory Liljefors, 55; and Henry Wdowiak, 68.
The MTA driver, a 10-year veteran, is in the hospital in noncritical condition. He is being interviewed about the incident.
According to the MTA, the private bus driver who died was a former MTA employee who was fired in 2015. At some point after that, he was hired by Dahlia.
According to federal records, Dahlia has been cited multiple times for speeding violations.
Because of its history of violations, Dahlia was prioritized by federal officials for more frequent unannounced inspections, an official from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said.