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Berks-based Bieber's bus runs impacted by New York explosion

'Travel to NYC is not recommended at this time'

NEW YORK - The frequent bus runs between Berks County and New York City were impacted Monday by the explosion near the Port Authority bus terminal.

Three people were injured when the suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, intentionally detonated an "improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body," according to police Commissioner James O'Neill.

"It was two distinct explosions seconds from each other," said Francisco Ramirez, who was getting off a bus at the time. "It was scary. It was just a lot of chaos."

The "attempted terrorist attack" happened happened around 7:45 a.m. near the terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The terminal reopened later in the day, but for awhile, Kutztown-based Bieber had to drop off its bus passengers on 10th Avenue, between 40th and 42nd streets.

Bieber began departures out of the terminal with Schedule 108 at 12:30 p.m. Schedules 125, 104, and 146 were canceled.

Bieber said buses that were running were experiencing a 90-minute delay through the Lincoln Tunnel.

"Travel to NYC is not recommended at this time," Bieber said in an earlier post on its website.

Bieber operates more than a dozen round-trip runs each weekday between New York City and its stations in Kutztown and downtown Reading.

New York's A, C and E subway lines were also evacuated.

As for the suspect, Ullah, he is hospitalized for treatment for lacerations and burns to his hands and abdomen, according to New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro.


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