We put our children on school buses every day and expect them to make it to their destinations safely but that's not always the case. A terrifying New York City school bus accident involving a taxi cab sent nine people to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. On March 11th, a Brooklyn bus carrying 6 school children (all under the age of 12) flipped over after a taxi cab struck the front of the bus at a busy Bedford-Stuyvesant intersection. All of the students were taken to an area hospital for observation while the bus driver and matron were hospitalized for undisclosed injuries.
A 12-year old girl suffered a traumatic experience just last month. She fell over 30 feet down an elevator shaft in Manhattan. Samaritans at the scene told reporters she was lying motionless on her back at the bottom of the shaft and the elevator was immediately taken out of service to avoid crushing the little girl. The Manhattan elevator accident was the first of its kind this year and though the girl suffered numerous injuries, she survived the fall and is recovering from her ordeal.
Job-related eye injuries are a common cause of vision loss in New York City. Vision loss includes full or partial blindness and what is often described as "legal" blindness. But which New Yorkers are at the highest risk?
The gas leak which likely caused the massive explosion in Harlem last month which killed eight and injured at least sixty people may highlight a city-wide problem for Con-Ed. Old, outdated, and unsafe gas pipelines crisscross the city's underground and could cause more explosions in New York City at any time.
In May, a Brooklyn motor vehicle accident claimed the life of a well-loved father and friend. 74-year old Mai Zhang was struck and killed while riding his bicycle along Benson Avenue in Brooklyn. The driver of the Nissan SUV involved in the accident and a doctor who happened to be passing by attempted to save the man but Zhang's injuries proved too much. He was pronounced dead when EMTs arrived. The NYPD did not be press charges, saying that no "criminality" was involved in the case.
In 2008, a tragic accident on the subway stairs resulted in a 61-year old Williamsburg grandmother lying at the bottom of the stairs, bleeding from her brain. Days later, seizures wracked her body as she lay in a Bellevue Hospital bed, slowly stealing her ability to communicate with loved ones and leaving her bedridden, totally dependent on others for care.