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Dozens hurt when tour bus crashes into Midtown scaffolding

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A tour bus slammed into scaffolding in Midtown Manhattan Thursday morning, derailing a group of girls in New York for the first time to perform in a dance competition, authorities said.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. near 41st Street and 10th Avenue.

There were 44 people on board the bus. At least 37 were treated at the scene and released, according to officials at the scene. Five refused medical attention and two were taken to a hospital. All the injuries suffered were minor, a fire official at the scene said.

Aerial footage of the scene showed a bus on the sidewalk, debris from the scaffolding littering the road around it.

A witness who was underneath the scaffolding when the bus came barreling toward her said she saw the tour bus speed over a deep pothole in the street then hop the sidewalk.

"The scaffolding started falling like dominoes. ... I was running while it was falling from behind me. All I heard was screams," Vinneca Antoine told PIX11 News.

Another witness said she also saw the bus get knocked out of by the pothole.

A dance troupe was on board the bus. They were visiting New York for a Tremaine Dance Competition and were on their way to visit The Cake Boss in Hoboken when they collided with the scaffolding.

The crash happened right outside of where the Lincoln Tunnel opens up into the city. Delays of up to an hour were reported on the Lincoln Tunnel after the crash.

The scaffolding has been stabilized so investigators can remove the smashed bus.

PIX11's Mike Graham, Jeff Crianza, Bill Muhler and Kaitlin Monte contributed to this report.