A pregnant woman going into labor was in a car stuck behind two buses – one carrying another pregnant woman – that collided inside the Lincoln Tunnel on Wednesday morning and left at least 18 people injured, sources said.
A New Jersey transit bus plowed into the back of a privately-owned charter bus carrying students from Toronto inside the Manhattan-bound center tube of the tunnel at around 9:35 a.m.
“The bus in front of us was stopped, and our driver just wasn’t paying attention, and he just blasted him at probably 30 miles per hour,” said passenger David Gomez, 33, who was riding aboard the 166T New Jersey transit bus.
Another passenger Mario Lan, 51, who suffered a gash to his nose from the collision described the crash as “pretty violent.”
“My face smashed into the back of the chair in front of me,” he said. “I heard a lot of people screaming saying, ‘My neck!’ ‘I broke my nose!’”
“There was a pregnant lady in the back and I heard people trying to help her,” he said.
The extents of the injuries were not immediately known, but at least two people were taken out of the tunnel on stretchers.
The center tube is currently shut down and extensive delays are being reported.
All traffic is being re-routed to the south tube, a Port Authority Police Department spokesman said.