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Building scaffolding collapses on bus, injures 17 people

September 20, 2011 11:17AM

Building scaffolding fell onto a public city bus at West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem this morning, the New York Times reported, injuring 17 people. “We pulled into the stop and I heard a falling sound of something collapsing toward the back, and the back of the bus filled up with smoke,” said Sasha Chavkin, a reporter for Columbia University’s new investigative journalism website, the New York World. “People were running from the back and screaming. After about a minute the bus driver let everyone off the bus. I talked to a kid in the back who said he thought he was going to die. He said rubble had fallen through the windows of the bus.” Fire officials described the injuries as minor and not life threatening. The address from which the scaffolding fell was not immediately available. [NYT]

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