Nine people were injured when a bus carrying passengers in wheelchairs caught fire in East Harlem on Wednesday morning, fire officials said. The incident happened at East 106th Street and Park Avenue around 11 a.m., officials said. The FDNY has not yet determined the cause of the fire.
Four passengers in wheelchairs, four other passengers and the driver were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
According to reports, the bus driver smelled smoke and turned off the engine. He attempted to put out the fire in the engine compartment with a fire extinguisher, but to no avail, said Peter Silverman, an attorney for the bus’s service operator, Consolidated Bus Transit. The driver then proceeded to help people off the bus.
When firefighters arrived, they helped one passenger in a wheelchair get off the bus and extinguished the fire.
The bus transports people to the Shields Institute, an adult rehabilitation center, Silverman said.
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Source: NBC New York