NEW YORK — A driver of one of two double-decker tour buses that collided in Manhattan’s bustling Time Square Tuesday has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired, an NYPD official told CNN Wednesday.
William Dalambert, 58, of Irvington, New Jersey, was charged with driving with impaired ability due to drugs, the official said.
Dalambert was the operator of the bus that struck another double-decker bus on Seventh Avenue, police say.
At least 13 people were injured, one seriously, after the two tourist buses that traverse city neighborhoods collided about 4 p.m.
The crash occurred near a normally packed sidewalk next to the TKTS booth at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue at Times Square, police and fire officials said.
Police did not say what drug or drugs impaired Dalambert’s driving ability at the time of the accident.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation revealed that a Gray Line double-decker tour bus, driven by Dalambert, was traveling southbound on Seventh Avenue and sideswiped a City Sights double-decker tour bus and a GMC Yukon also traveling southbound on Seventh.
The collision caused the Gray Line tour bus to go up on the sidewalk and strike a traffic light pole, which fell to the sidewalk.
By all accounts, the collision could have been worse.
Police did not comment on when Dalambert would appear in court.
Times Square is a popular launching spot for the ubiquitous double-decker buses, which take tourists around Manhattan.
After the accident, dozens of tourists stood at what is sometimes called the “Crossroads of the World,” taking pictures and video of the crash scene.