10 injured in crash involving NFTA bus, two cars

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – An NFTA bus was involved in an accident with two cars in Niagara Falls Thursday night.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road in front of the airport. NFTA Police say the car entered the intersection on a red light and was hit by the bus. The car was then pushed into a second vehicle that was stopped at the light.

Four ambulance were called to the accident, and a 14-year-old girl in the car hit by the bus was reportedly seriously injured. Two others children in that vehicle were taken to area hospitals, though the driver was not seriously injured. In the second vehicle, a passenger was taken to the hospital, but two children in the back seat and the driver were not seriously injured. The bus driver and passengers were not seriously injured.

In all, four people were taken to the hospital, while six suffered minor injuries and were treated by first responders at the scene.

The NFTA bus was towed from the scene, as were the two vehicles, a car and an SUV, involved in the accident.

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Mercy Flight was called to the scene, but was unable to fly because of icing conditions, which also could have been a factor in the crash. The roadway was closed for about an hour and a half while crews assessed the scene and treated the victims.

“They’re very lucky, it could have been a lot more serious.” Bergholz Fire Company Chief Mark Stevens said, “Originally when we first got here all 10 people were going and it was more than cuts and bruises, sounded like seat belt lacerations from getting hit, obviously we had to extricate one person so it wasn’t just your normal auto accident.”

Police say their investigation into the accident continues and at this time there are no charges in the crash.

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