A New York bus tour turned grisly yesterday morning as a Gray Line double-decker bus struck a woman outside of the United Nations. Lolaa Alrashied was crossing 42nd St and was struck by the bus and pinned underneath. She is currently listed in serious condition, with leg fractures and trauma, at Bellevue Hospital.
Tourists on the bus and passers-by watched the events unfold with horror. One witness told the Post "The tourists were all in shock. They didn't even want to look. There was a mother who was shielding her daughter." Witnesses gathered and kept the driver from trying to move the bus as Alrashied lay stuck underneath, a few trying to comfort her before the ambulances arrived. The Post also has some crazy photos.
Company spokeswoman Cristyne Nicholas said, "Gray Line is fully cooperating with the police and they wish the woman a full recovery." When we called, Nicholas didn't pick up but the automated message on Gray Line's number reminded us that they had been given the Hotel Concierge Tourist Award for Best Tour Company this year.