Terrifying moment driver loses control of MTA bus and crashes into Brooklyn brownstone injuring 17 people after he claims his foot got STUCK between gas and brake pedals
- The MTA bus crashed into a brownstone in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon
- Video from inside the bus shows the driver with shopping bags at his feet and disengaging the brake before sitting down
- The bus speeds out of control, crashing into a construction vehicle ahead before careening into the three-story brownstone
- Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver told DailyMail.com that his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and the gas
- ‘It’s not a good day for me,’ he said
- The bus is still there after officials determined the building could collapse if removed
- Nobody was seriously injured but the MTA is investigating the crash
Newly released surveillance footage shows the terrifying moment an MTA bus driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn.
Seventeen people were injured in the crash on Monday, and the bus remains lodged 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 had gotten stuck between the brake and the gas.
‘It’s not a good day for me,’ he said, adding that his had never happened to him before.
Newly released surveillance footage shows the terrifying moments leading up when an MTA bus driver lost control of the vehicle Monday and crashed into a Brooklyn brownstone
The bus careened into the Lincoln Road building around 1.55pm Monday
Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver (pictured) told DailyMail.com that his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and the gas
The city Department of Buildings said the structure could collapse if the bus is removed
The video shows the scene inside the B49 southbound bus on Bedford Avenue at around 1.55pm when he goes to sit down.
There are plastic shopping bags near his feet, and he appears disengage the break before he is fully situated.
The bus quickly accelerates into a construction vehicle ahead of him before smashing through a parked car into the doctor’s office on the corner of Lincoln Road.
As of Wednesday, the DoB was still working with engineers hired by the building’s owner to shore up the structure
Seventeen people were injured in the crash
The driver embraced a woman at the scene. He said his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and gas
‘The video is disturbing on many levels, raising questions about whether basic safety rules were followed,’ the MTA said in a statement. ‘The incident remains under investigation and we will have more to say when that is complete.’
Thirteen people were hospitalized in the crash New York City fire officials said, but none were injured seriously.
An injured passenger sat 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 for the city Department of Buildings determined that the bus had caused structural damage to the first floor and basement of the building, and that it was no longer safe to occupy, the agency said.
DoB officials said that they were working with engineers hired by the owner of the building shore up the front of the structure, and that 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 careened into the parked truck on the left before smashing into the building
A tenant on the third floor of the building said the crash sounded, ‘like metal bursting through stone and brick’
Craig Cipriano, president of the MTA Bus Company said that driver has 13 years experience with few crash incidents, according to the New York Times. He suffered a minor injury to his hand, he said.
A resident who was inside the third floor of the building at the time of the crash said she felt a rumble before hearing a crunch as the bus smashed into the building, the outlet reported.
The tenant, who identified herself as Elena, said it sounded, ‘Like metal bursting through stone and brick.’