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NYC Building Collapses on Empty Parked School Bus

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Firefighters are using drilling equipment to examine the wreckage.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 10:54 AM

An NYC building collapsed on an empty school bus Wednesday afternoon, forcing the napping driver to run for his life.

The New York Daily News reported that Daniel Campbell, 45, had just dropped off a bus full of New Jersey schoolchildren for a field trip in Times Square when the building came down.

"I heard badoom, badoom, badooom!" he said. "I jumped up and I couldn't believe it."

Campbell, who had parked curbside on 57th Street near 11th Avenue, awoke from a nap to see that the five-story parking garage above was coming down on him.

"It is like a nightmare. I didn't know what to do. I wake up. I didn't know where to turn," he told CBS New York.

"All I see is smoke and the stuff coming down, and I look and stuff was still coming down ... parts of the building."

Fire Chief Dan Donoghue said that the building was under active demolition when it gave way.

One worker inside the building suffered minor injuries, however others escaped the disaster unscathed.

"He actually was on the third floor, and when the floors pancaked down and collapsed, he rode the three stories down and walked out of the building. He was very lucky," said Donoghue.

Nearby resident Thomas Falconer described hearing a "really, really loud crash — this big boom" around 2:30 p.m. when the building collapsed.

"It freaked me out, so I went and looked out the window, and the corner of what was the West 57th Street garage — five stories had just collapsed onto the sidewalk."



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