Seven seniors were among eight passengers hospitalized on Tuesday with severe but non-threatening injuries after a cop-fleeing SUV slammed into their bus at Colonial Road and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, said authorities.
Cops said they spotted the speeding black vehicle on the Belt Parkway at around 1 pm charging toward the Gowanus Expressway on the Belt Parkway. Police tried to apprehend the vehicle, but the driver took them on a wild goose chase through Bay Ridge until it rammed into an oncoming transporter bus from the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, knocking it on its side.
The driver then tried to escape, said police, who claim they cornered the vehicle and arrested all three people inside. Charges against the suspects are pending.
The badly-hurt driver and his wounded passengers were taken by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, said an FDNY spokesman.
Three other people were also aboard the bus refused medical attention, said authorities.