16-Year Describes How He Felt When Terrorist Attacker in Manhattan Crashed into His Bus

16-year-old Noah Salz was in the middle of the terrorist attack that went down on October 31st involving Sayfullo Saipov, 29. Noah was riding on his school bus on his way home when a truck crashed into the side of it after driving up the Hudson River bike path, injuring and killing pedestrians and cyclists who couldn’t get out of the way in time. At the time of the accident, the bus had few passengers on board including Noah, a female student, the matron, and the bus driver. After the collision happened, Noah sat there in the bus, experiencing feelings of terror and confusion, unscathed. The others suffered injuries as a result of the accident.

While Noah was able to walk away from the attack alive and without any sort of serious injury, he has down-syndrome and his mother wonders how this accident affects him mentally. The teen now reflects on the bus accident he was involved in and the many things that occurred around him. He told reporters that he was crying during the incident and was scared when emergency personnel came to help him. He remembers the “purple gloves that emergency medical technicians wore as they checked him and asked him questions,” according to The New York Times.

Noah was scared at the time and even resisted being taken to the hospital where he could be checked out further. He cried to his mother over the phone who was in Brooklyn as that is where the family lives, and reassured her son everything would be okay. She didn’t know at the time that the accident he was involved in was what was going to make the headline news just hours later. Noah’s father eventually arrived to comfort his son and the family was eventually reunited on a train car.


Unfortunately, the incident affected Noah’s entire family.


After the terrorist attack, Noah’s sister Tahlia expressed that she did not feel comfortable riding on the bus so her mother shuttled her there one day on a bike and her father another on the city bus. She even wanted to sleep in her parent’s bed for a few nights. While the family has begun to get their back on track, this story brings up a valid question:


Do bus accident victims suffer from both physical and psychological injuries?


Clearly, we see that this incident has caused Noah to reflect on the accident every now and then and it even put fear in his sister who didn’t want to ride her own bus to school. Bus accident victims, or any victim of a traumatic experience, often struggle with various things which might include:

  • Physical pain if they suffered from an injury.
  • Chronic pain, which occurs frequently.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Emotional anguish
  • Anxiety

Because most bus accident victims often need to seek care from different types of physicians for these things, they can attempt to collect compensation from the party who caused the accident to cover some of these medical expenses. If you were recently involved in a bus accident in Manhattan, NY or were injured by a bus, USAttorneys.com can help you get connected with a bus accident attorney in Manhattan who is willing to provide you with some useful information regarding your recent accident.