NYPD officers stand at the scene of a collision between two tour buses in Times Square. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
The driver of a double-decker bus that collided with another in Times Square on Tuesday afternoon was arrested for alleged impairment at the time of the crash, police said.
William Dalambert, 58, was charged with driving while ability impaired around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NYPD.
Though the Irvington, N.J., resident passed a Breathalyzer test at the scene, investigators suspect he was under the influence of a drug other than alcohol, law enforcement officials said. He was arrested following a field sobriety test, though it remains unclear what drugs he may have been on.
The results of urine and blood tests had not been made public as of Wednesday night.
Dalambert was still waiting to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Police said Dalambert was driving a Gray Line bus on Seventh Avenue when he crashed into a CitySights bus on the corner of 47th Street. His bus jumped onto the sidewalk at busy Duffy Square and knocked down a traffic light pole, sending glass and debris flying.
More than a dozen pedestrians were injured and a tour guide on the Gray Line bus was also hurt, officials said. The guide and two other people sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Dalambert's driving problems date back to June 1993, when his license was suspended for the first time, according toreports. His license has reportedly been suspended a total 11 times.
Twin America, which owns both Gray Line and CitySights, did not respond to requests for comment.