A bus hit an unidentified woman on Tuesday evening as she was crossing the intersection of Route 59 at the entrance to southbound I-87 in Nanuet just before 7 p.m. She was taken to Nyack Hospital and later transported to Westchester Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
"I know she was conscious and talking when she left the scene," said Nanuet Fire Chief Chris Koester.
Koester said between 30 and 35 firefighters from Nanuet and Pearl River responded to the accident and it took them about 15 minutes to free the woman using airbags and the jaws of life. He said she was pinned under the rear axle of the bus.
New York State Police Troop T reported a Shortline Coach USA bus struck the woman and dragged her approximately 40 feet before coming to a stop. The woman’s identity could not be confirmed but State Police said she was between 65 and 70 years old.
There were no passengers on the bus when the accident occurred around 6:48 p.m. and no charges were filed against the driver. The accident is still under investigation.