BROOKLYN, NY – Several people were injured Tuesday evening when an MTA bus driver lost control of his vehicle and plowed it onto a sidewalk in East Flatbush, Bklyner reports.
The cause of the accident has been attributed to a medical episode the driver suffered. It is unclear what exactly the medical issue was.
The B12 bus in question was headed eastbound on East New York Avenue and was close to Rockaway Parkway when the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. The runaway bus lurched onto the sidewalk, felled a light pole, and struck four pedestrians at the corner of East 98th Street. It continued into the next block, where it hit several parked cars and several newly planted trees before it came to a rest at the corner of Ralph Avenue, two blocks from where it first left the roadway.
At least six people were treated for injuries at the scene, including the four pedestrians, the driver, and a passenger. Police say that none of the injuries are life-threatening.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad and the MTA are both looking into the incident.
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