FDNY: A number of accidents after the MTA bus drove right into a home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn (WABC) – At least sixteen people were injured when an MTA bus lost control and jumped over a curb and crashed into a building in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon.
The crash was reported just before 2 p.m. in an apartment building at 174 Lincoln Road
The FDNY said more than a dozen injuries were reported, but none of them were believed to be life-threatening. Thirteen of the victims were rushed to hospital with minor injuries.
The B49 bus was traveling south on Bedford Avenue when the driver lost control, the bus jumped over a curb and crashed into the vacant building.
At this time there were 17 passengers on board.
Pedestrians were not hit.
MTA Bus President Craig Cipriano said the 55-year-old driver, who has been on duty for 13 years, is fine and has not been seriously injured. It doesn’t have a great safety record – just minor collisions.
The MTA claims that the bus has not yet been traveling at high speed and that there was no mechanical defect, but will conduct further investigations.
When asked about reports of the driver’s foot stuck on the accelerator, Cipriano said they will investigate this during the investigation.
Inspectors and engineers from the building authority were also called in to carry out structural safety tests.
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