A Fung Wah bus driver ran over two pedestrians in the crosswalk near the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown last night just before 11 p.m. A 54-year-old woman is currently in serious condition at New York Hospital, and a 63-year-old man is in serious but stable condition. An NYPD spokesman says the two pedestrians were "unconscious and unresponsive" under the bus when first responders arrived at the scene at Canal Street and Bowery, just across the street from the notorious bus company's office.
There were no passengers on the bus and the unidentified 50-year-old driver remained at the scene. Police say he was issued a summons for failing to yield to pedestrians in the sidewalk. But that's simply a traffic violation that will result in no jail time—as usual, the NYPD has quickly determined that "no criminality is suspected."
In 2006, Fung Wah agreed to inspections after thirty three passengers were injured when a speeding bus rolled off an exit ramp in Massachusetts. The company also promised to make sure only "properly trained" drivers who "speak the English language and to converse with the general public" will be manning the buses. And in 2008, a woman was killed after a dump truck crashed into a Fung Wah bus at the same location as last night's accident.
The accident and subsequent investigation snared traffic on Canal Street for hours, holding up "a fleet of massive high-end yachts fresh from the New York Boat Show at the Javits Center," according to the Post, which spoke to one of the drivers towing the yachts. "You have to have an even temper driving these huge, oversized trucks through New York City, but I can tell you, the first thing I thought about was the poor guy driving that bus,” Brian Christensen, of Florida, told the tabloid. “It’s crazy driving down here. People just jump right out."