Nearly two dozen children were sent to the hospital for observation Friday morning after a truck and school bus collided outside a fruit stand in Queens Village, police said.
Twenty-three children, whose ages couldn’t immediately be determined, were riding in a bus traveling west on Hillside Avenue when it collided around 11:45 a.m. with a panel truck going south on Hollis Court Boulevard, according to police. The intersection is at the southern end of the Clearview Expressway.
After the impact, the truck slammed into the awning over the fruit and vegetable displays at New Giant Farms Supermarket, 211-11 Hillside Ave., a business that an employee said has been a fixture in the neighborhood for about 20 years. The collision collapsed part of the awning and scattered produce that had been displayed on shelves and plastic milk crates.
“We just heard the bang and the truck was in the fruit stand,” said the manager of Clearway Parts Authority, an auto parts business across the avenue from the accident.
The manager, who didn’t want his name used, said a woman was pinned by the truck to the fruit stand. He said she was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. The driver of the truck was taken to the same hospital, the manager said.
A spokesman for Jamaica Hospital said the facility took in a total of three people and said all were in stable condition. The spokesman didn’t have information about injuries, sex or ages of the victims.
Police couldn’t say if the injured woman, whose condition was initially described as critical, was a pedestrian on the sidewalk or a store customer. Police also didn’t know the extent of the woman’s injuries. The female victim is 34, the male truck driver 71 and the bus driver 54, police said.
A spokesman for Long Island Jewish Medical Center said Friday that the 23 children were taken for observation to its affiliated Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. The spokesman said some of the children were examined, others were treated and released, and some were being kept for observation.
The NYPD’s collision investigation squad was on the scene immediately after the crash but no summonses had been issued as of late Friday, a police spokesman said.