Dramatic Images: MTA, Tour Bus Collide in Queens

Three people died and more than a dozen were hurt, some of them badly, when an MTA bus and a private tour bus collided in Queens early Monday -- a dramatic wreck that sent at least one of the vehicles careening into a row of storefronts.

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Three people died and more than a dozen others were hurt, some of them badly, when an MTA bus and a private tour bus collided in Queens early Monday -- a dramatic wreck that sent at least one of the vehicles careening into a row of storefronts, igniting a fire.
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The fire was out before 8 a.m.
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An MTA spokesman said the Q20 bus was making a right turn on Northern Boulevard shortly before 6:30 a.m. when the private bus, which read Dahlia on the back, struck it.
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Dahlia, a travel and tour bus company based in Flushing, could not immediately be reached for comment on the accident.
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At least one of those who died was a pedestrian; officials say it's also possible there could be more victims trapped underneath the bus or inside the remnants of a demolished store.
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Video from the scene shows dozens of first responders swarming the two buses; passengers are pulled from the wreckage and lifted down on stretchers into an ocean of firefighters.
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Heavy traffic delays were expected in the area as authorities canvassed the scene.
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A cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Authorities said they would look at surveillance video to help determine what caused the collision.
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Mayor de Blasio spoke to media from the scene later in the morning.
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