William Dalambert, one of the two drivers involved in the double-decker tour bus crash in Times Square on Tuesday, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired. Officials did not say what drugs the 58-year-old New Jersey resident was using that impaired his ability to drive, the New York City Police Department told CNN Wednesday.
Dalambert passed a Breathalyzer test at the site of the accident but failed a substance test at the police station, The Wall Street Journal reported. His court date has not been announced.
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At least 13 people were injured during the incident, including one seriously injured when one double-decker bus struck another on Seventh Avenue in New York’s busy Times Square district. Dalamabert was driving the Gray Line tour bus that struck the City Sights tour bus. The New York Daily News said 18 were injured.
The crash took place near a bustling sidewalk next to the famed TKTS booth at 47th Street where discount tickets for Broadway shows are sold.
After a preliminary investigation, police said the Gray Line bus driven by Dalambert sideswiped the City Sights tour bus and a GMC Yukon. The Gray Line bus went up on the sidewalk and hit a traffic light pole, which fell to the ground.
Tourists and spectators gathered at the site of the crash, snapping photos and posting the images to Twitter, Instagram and other social media websites.
[UPDATE: 8/6/2014, 11:47 a.m.]: Twin America LLC, which owns City Sights and Gray Line, emailed a statement to IBTimes saying it would investigate the incident.
“Twin America is committed to the highest standards of safety and customer service and in addition to cooperating with local authorities, we are simultaneously conducting a thorough internal review of our safety rules and driver protocols," Twin America spokesman David Chien said.