PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, BROOKLYN, NY – 16 people were injured when a driver lost control of an MTA bus and crashed into a building in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon, reports WABC.
The incident happened on Lincoln Road near Bedford Avenue in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens section of the borough shortly before 2 p.m. The driver of a B49 bus jumped a curb and the vehicle hit the three-story brownstone apartment building. None of the people who were hurt had injuries that were considered life-threatening. Officials said passengers on the bus got out on their own or were assisted by members of the FDNY.
The MTA said it did not appear that the bus had been going at a high rate of speed, and no mechanical defects were uncovered during an initial investigation.
At this point, it is believed that human error was the main contributing factor in the accident. The Daily News reported that the driver told witnesses his foot got stuck between the brake and the accelerator.
The MTA said the 55-year-old driver did not have any major safety violations during his 13 years on the job.
The Department of Buildings inspected the building and deemed it was not safe to be occupied due to concerns over its structural stability. Residents of the building were offered help in temporarily relocating.
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