Video Shows MTA Bus Runs Aground into Brooklyn Limestone House
Shocking video has been shared with Grassroots Wire showing a MTA bus crash into a limestone building in Brooklyn on Monday. The video shows a male bus driver moving bags near the steering wheel, then he sits down behind the steering wheel, next he hits two vehicles and lastly, he crashes.
The bus was traveling southbound on Bedford Avenue when it ran aground and tore into a building located at 174 Lincoln Road in the Prospect Lefferts Garden section of Brooklyn.
The crash left a car parked nearby with a dent in the front bumper, while the building itself had a tilted window frame, an exposed facade and the outside wall of the ground floor ripped out in addition to other damage.
During the press conference held after the incident, New York Fire Department Chief James Smithwick reported that 16 people were involved in the accident including three people who were inside the home at the time of the crash. There were no life-threatening injuries.
Smithwick said that the Fire Department received a call around 1:55 p.m. and reported to the scene. The investigation is ongoing but initially it was reported that the bus experienced a mechanical defect. The 55-year-old bus driver was on the job for 13 years, but his name has not been released.
Eyewitness Prentiss Mitchell helped safely evacuate passengers off the bus.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I saw the entire incident and helped with the evacuation process,” Mitchell said while remaining surprisingly calm.
The bus was only removed from the home on Friday afternoon according to published news reports. A structural engineer was also called in to assess the damage to the building and nearby structures.