Terrifying moment when driver loses control of MTA bus and crashes in Brooklyn Brownstone injuring 17 after claiming foot caught between accelerator and brake pedals
- The MTA bus crashed into a brownstone in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon
- Video from the bus shows the driver with shopping bags at his feet and the brake released before sitting down
- The bus spins out of control, collides with a construction vehicle in front of it before driving into the three-story brownstone
- Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver told DailyMail.com that his foot had become wedged between the brake and the accelerator pedal.
- “It’s not a good day for me,” he said
- The bus is still there after officials determined the building could collapse if removed
- No one was seriously injured, but the MTA is investigating the crash
Newly released surveillance footage shows the terrifying moment when an MTA bus driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn.
Seventeen people were injured in Monday’s crash, and the bus remains trapped in the building two days later, with officials saying it could collapse if removed.
Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver, 55, told DailyMail.com that his foot got stuck between the brake and the gas.
“It’s not a good day for me,” he said, adding that it had never happened to him before.
Newly released surveillance footage shows the terrifying moments leading up to an MTA bus driver who lost control of the vehicle Monday and crashed into a brownstone in Brooklyn
The bus pulled into the Lincoln Road building around 1:55 PM on Monday
Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver (pictured) told DailyMail.com that his foot had become wedged between the brake and the accelerator pedal.
City Department of Buildings said the structure could collapse if the bus is removed
The video shows the scene on the B49 bus heading south on Bedford Avenue at around 1:55 PM when it sits down.
There are plastic shopping bags at his feet and he seems to cut out the break before fully lying down.
The bus quickly accelerates into a construction vehicle in front of him before driving through a parked car into the doctor’s office on the corner of Lincoln Road.
On Wednesday, the DoB was still working with engineers hired by the building owner to reinforce the structure
Seventeen people were injured in the crash
At the scene, the driver hugged a woman. He said his foot got caught between the brake and the throttle
“The video is disturbing on many levels and raises questions about whether basic safety rules have been followed,” the MTA said in a statement. “The incident remains under investigation and we will have more to say when that is finalized.”
Thirteen people were hospitalized in the crash, New York City fire officials said, but no one was seriously injured.
An injured passenger was in an FDNY medical vehicle
The injured passenger was led away from the scene. The FDNY said 13 people were hospitalized in the crash
None of the passengers were seriously injured in the crash
Engineers from the city’s Building Department determined that the bus had caused structural damage to the building’s first floor and basement and that it was no longer safe to occupy it, the agency said.
DoB officials said they were working with engineers hired by the building owner at the front of the structure, and the work must be completed before the bus can be removed.
A protective fence around the vehicle was under construction and would remain there until the building is repaired, they said.
The department is investigating.
The bus hit the parked truck on the left before entering the building
A tenant on the building’s third floor said the crash sounded “like metal bursting through stone and brick”
Craig Cipriano, president of the MTA Bus Company said the driver has 13 years of experience with few crashes, according to the New York Times. He sustained a minor injury to his hand, he said.
A resident who was in the third floor of the building at the time of the crash said she felt a rumble before hearing a cracking sound as the bus pulled into the building, the outlet reported.
The tenant, who identified herself as Elena, said it sounded, “Like metal bursting through stone and brick.”