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14 injured after New York City sightseeing buses crash in Times Square

Fourteen people were injured Tuesday afternoon after two sightseeing buses crashed into each other in New York's Times Square.

The accident happened at about 3:35 p.m. at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue. The double-decker buses were empty with the exception of the drivers and one tour guide, CBS New York reports, and all three are among the injured. The buses hit a lamp post and traffic signal and then slammed into a granite bench.

"We believe that the traffic light did most of the injuries to the people standing in the area, and some of the flying debris from the light and from the buses," FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich said.

Three of the injured are in serious but stable condition, and eight have minor injuries. One of those hurt was a baby in a stroller, 1010 WINS reports. Witness Ace Guzman watched the scene unfold from the street corner, and heard what he described as a deafening "boom." "It was a real loud noise — real loud — and then you could hear everybody screaming and crying and of course...grabbing their kids," he said. "It was really nuts."