MTA Says Brooklyn Bus Crash Video Is “Worrying”
NEW YORK – New video NY1 received on Wednesday raises questions about a Brooklyn bus accident.
More than a dozen people were injured earlier this week after an MTA bus driver drove into a brownstone in Brooklyn.
The “disturbing” video raises questions “whether basic safety rules have been followed,” said MTA spokesman Tim Minton. pic.twitter.com/BKLSgH902l
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A B49 MTA bus crashed into a sandstone on Monday, injuring more than a dozen people.
Footage from the bus in the moments before the crash shows the driver rearranging bags that were stowed at his feet. He is seen getting up from his seat in the middle of traffic on Bedford Avenue to change a route sign, an officer said.
When he gets back in, he loses control, collides with the vehicle in front, gets into oncoming traffic and throws him straight into the building.
Sixteen people were injured and the bus got stuck in the brownstone.
“The video is worrying on many levels and raises questions about whether basic safety rules have been followed,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton said in a statement. “The incident is still under investigation and we will have more to say when this is over.”
The union representing the bus driver said New Yorkers shouldn’t rush to judge what they see in the video or blame the driver entirely, as a “design flaw” may have contributed to the accident.
“The traffic authority tends to always blame the operator – guilt, guilt, guilt. It’s not always that easy, “said JP Patafio of TWU Local 100.” This operator didn’t wake up and had an accident like this one. He’s been doing this for 13 years, no problems. He’s a great operator. “
Shortly after the crash, a senior MTA bus official said there was no sign of a mechanical failure or defect and that speed was not involved.
A source with decades of experience with MTA buses told NY1 after reviewing the video that it raises two big questions: Did the driver pull the emergency brake correctly? And why was he dodging to avoid the vehicle in front of him instead of stopping?
Last year a bus sped over an overpass in the Bronx and nearly landed on the road below.
In this bus accident, investigators investigated mechanical problems and how the driver could possibly have caused it. This investigation is still ongoing.
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