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Tour Bus Driver Arrested in Times Square Wreck

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One of the drivers involved in a tour bus collision in Times Square that injured more than a dozen people Tuesday has been arrested.

Police say William Dalambert, 58, of Irvington, N.J. was driving while impaired, but say alcohol was not involved.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m., when police say a CitySights bus and a Gray Line bus collided on 47th Street and Seventh Avenue.

More than a dozen people were injured. Sources say that includes an 18-month-old baby.

No one was seriously hurt.

Most of the people injured were pedestrians who were hit when a traffic light and light pole were knocked down.

"My first reaction was to get up and get out of the way. And I have no idea how it missed me," said one witness.

"I heard a big bang turned around and saw the pole falling. Chaos then. Everybody screaming and running around," said another witness.

The New York City Fire Department says a tour guide had to be removed from one of the buses after her head got caught under the dashboard.

Police say one bus had no passengers, while the other had only three.

Twin America, which is a parent company of both bus services, said it is doing an internal review of safety rules and driver protocols.

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