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(NEW YORK) — Video shows the moment two buses collided at one of the most densely packed intersections in Queens, New York, this morning, resulting in the deaths of three people.

In the video, provided to ABC News by ABC station WABC in New York, a New York City MTA bus is seen turning a corner in Flushing at just after 6:15 a.m. when a Dahlia charter bus rams right into it. Three people died and 15 others were injured in the collision.

The accident sent the charter bus onto the sidewalk and into a restaurant, sparking a small fire, officials said.

The fire was quickly put out by firefighters, who treated the injured.

The three people killed were the driver of the private bus, a passenger on the MTA bus and a person on the street who was run over, according to officials.

The MTA driver, a 10-year veteran, is in the hospital in noncritical condition. He is being interviewed about the incident.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “It’s just shocking to see the scene.”

“It’s hard to compare it to anything I’ve seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of this collision,” de Blasio said.

“We want to make sure we understand exactly what happened and we prevent this from ever happening again,” Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate the crash.

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