Scaffolding Collapses in Harlem, Hits Bus

Seventeen people suffered minor injuries Monday when scaffolding collapsed and hit a bus in Harlem.

One person refused medical treatment and others are being treated, fire officials said.

The bus was headed west of 125th Street at about 9:30 a.m. when it stopped in front of the building. The scaffolding suddenly collapsed onto the back of the bus, witnesses said.

"It's filled up with smoke or dust, people were running from the back of the bus," said bus passenger Sasha Chavkin, a reporter for New York World. "One person was carrying a baby. There were others with kids — they were terrified, didn't know what was going on, and we were trying to get out."

A Buildings Department spokesman says the scaffolding was put up outside a building currently under demolition, and did not provide other details.

The FDNY said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

With the Richard Yeh and the Associated Press

(Photo: Fire crews at corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd and West 125th Street where scaffolding collapsed/Natasja Sheriff for WNYC)