On Monday, two buses collided in a major motor vehicle accident that killed three people and left many others injured. Video taken at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, shows a Dahlia Travel charter bus speeding through a red light at 58 miles an hour and crashing into the rear end of a New York City bus at around 6:15 a.m.
From the Bronx to Staten Island, millions of New Yorkers are potentially exposed to the dangers presented by one of the most expansive and sprawling public transportation systems on the planet. Just last week, a woman was gravely injured when she fell on the subway tracks at the Gun Hill Road station in the Bronx. She suffered severe burns after her body came into contact with the railway's electrified third rail. The cause of her fall remains currently unknown, although the New York Post reports the 47-year-old woman was in cardiac arrest at the time emergency services personnel finally got her off the tracks. Another woman was also hurt when she attempted to help the fallen woman.
The New York City subways have structural problems and defective conditions that need to be repaired for the safety of the public transportation commuters. Last month, on September 10, 2015, a G train subway derailed, injuring three individuals. To address this issue, the city and state are moving forward with a plan to close the budget gap in the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which will lead to much needed repairs.