NEW YORK CITY — The driver behind the wheel of a double-decker tour bus that crashed into another double-decker bus in Times Square Tuesday afternoon failed sobriety tests at the crash scene and later tested positive for drug use.
William Dalambert, 58, of Irvington, N.J., remains in police custody after causing the collision, which injured 14 people in the vicinity of a TKTS kiosk, which sells discounted tickets to Broadway shows.
Mr. Dalambert’s Gray Line bus also hit a GMC Yukon SUV and toppled a street light at 47th St. and 7th Ave. that narrowly missed striking a toddler from Australia, the New York Daily News reported. There were no passengers on the Mr. Dalambert’s bus or the City Sites double-decker bus he hit.
Authorities have not yet released the results of blood and urine tests Mr. Dalambert submitted to Tuesday afternoon, so it remains unclear whether he was using prescription drugs or illicit drugs around the time of the crash.
Mr. Dalambert was employed by Gray Line Tours to drive tourists on sightseeing trips through New York City despite his poor driving record. According to the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles, Mr. Dalambert’s vehicle registration was suspended nine times for lack of insurance and his driver’s license was suspended 11 times. His most recent citation was nine months ago when he was ticketed for driving in New Jersey without a license, registration, or insurance.
The crash prompted Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer to call a meeting with other city and transportation officials for a discussion of the double-decker buses, the proliferation of which Ms. Brewer views as a major traffic problem and safety threat in her jurisdiction. She said the buses “are not regulated at the city level, and they should be.”