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36 hospitalized, 3 in serious condition, after bus flips over in the Bronx

The Department of Education-contracted vehicle was carrying bus drivers, with no children on board, when it overturned just before 6 a.m. Thursday, NYC Mayor Eric Adams said.

More than 30 people were injured, with three in serious condition, after a school bus flipped over on Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx borough of New York City during Thursday morning's rush hour.

The bus, carrying 37 people, was heading northbound on the parkway when it attempted to take an exit ramp and overturned at about 5:55 a.m., the New York City Police Department said. 

Video footage of the scene showed the yellow bus lying on its side on the exit ramp. 

The New York City Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to the scene at 6 a.m.

Fire officials said 36 of the injured were transported to local hospitals. Three were said to be in serious but stable condition and 33 sustained minor injuries.

A school bus carrying 37 people flipped over on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Bronx, N.Y.
A school bus carrying 37 people flipped over on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Bronx, N.Y. WNBC

There were no children on board, according to police. Authorities said most of the complaints of injuries were of pain. 

The only person aboard the bus who refused medical treatment was the driver, who was issued a summons for dangerous driving, a senior NYPD official told NBC New York

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement the vehicle involved was a city Department of Education-contracted school bus. 

“This morning, a school bus carrying only bus drivers for the city’s summer programming overturned while exiting the Hutchinson River Parkway," he said.

“The safety of every member of our community is our top priority,” he said, also noting that there were no students on the bus.

He warned families that bus routes will be delayed into the afternoon and schools will reach out about impacted routes.

Bus operator Consolidated Bus Transit told NBC New York its safety officers were investigating the accident. 

“Right now our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of our employees,” the statement said. “Consolidated prides itself as a safe and reliable transportation company providing transportation services in New York City for over 40 years. We will work with the police and Department of Education in determining the cause of the accident.”

The cause is still under investigation.