A city bus smacked into a fire engine with its lights and sirens blaring in Queens Sunday afternoon — seriously injuring two firefighters and 12 civilians, including children, witnesses and officials said.
The fire engine was traveling west on Ditmars Boulevard when it was struck by the 100 bus that was heading north on 21st Street at about 12:20 p.m., witnesses
“I saw the driver, the fireman, look to the left and the bus hit him,” Diana Temkin, 36, said. “I saw his face.”
An FDNY spokesman said the two firefighters and civilians had serious but non-life threatening injuries. They were all taken to Elmhurst Hospital, except for one firefighter who went to Mt. Sinai Hospital. The truck was on its way to an all hands fire at 8-01 26 Ave. in Astoria.
Temkin was sitting outside at the Bowery Bay Restaurant on Ditmars Blvd. and said she saw victims being taken off the bus after the collision.
“There was a little baby bleeding,” Temkin, a teaching assistant, said. “And there was a pregnant lady that they helped off the bus and laid on the floor. She was definitely injured. There was also a little 9-year-old girl who looked really hurt.”
An MTA official said there were 13 passengers and a driver on the bus. The truck had five firefighters on board.
“I saw it before it happened,” said Temkin’s friend, who would only identify herself as Jackie. “I said, ‘Oh my God that bus is not stopping.’ It was going way too fast, looked like 100 miles an hour.”
Dorabian Bennett, 36, lives in Astoria and said the bus goes to Rikers Island and back.
“The 100 bus, it speeds through here on it’s way to and from Rikers Island,” she said. “It’s always speeding through here way too fast!”