The Brooklyn intersection of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 51st Street was the scene of a surreal collision Sunday evening.
A school bus containing 16 children was travelling through the intersection when an ambulance ran a red light and struck the bus. All of the child passengers and the bus driver suffered injuries, as did the two adults travelling in the ambulance.
The New York Daily News published pictures showing a mangled ambulance resting feet from a school bus with its front hood nearly detached.
It is frightening that an ambulance driver could drive so negligently that he or she struck a school bus full of children. While ambulances have a special set of rules so they can quickly transport patients to the hospital, they still have to be driven with a great deal of care and skill.
In this school bus accident, the at-fault driver and his or her employer may both be responsible for any of the resulting harm. Vicarious liability is the concept where an employer is liable for the actions of its employee while he or she is acting within the scope of his or her job duties.
Source: NY Daily News, “Ambulance Crashes Into Bus In Brooklyn, Injuring 16 School Children: Officials,” Ryan Sit, Feb. 9, 2014