MTA bus and car collide in Crown Heights

September 9, 2013 8:43:13 PM PDT
Officials say 38 were injured when an MTA bus and a car collided Monday afternoon on Albany Avenue and Herkimer Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

It happened just after 4:30 p.m. Monday near Herkimer Street and Albany Avenue.

Investigators say this started when a Camaro hit an NYPD vehicle, so officers pulled the car over. As officers approached, they saw the driver had a gun. That driver, they say, took off, and hit several parked vehicles, blowing through a stop sign. This caused the M15 bus to hit the car at the intersection of Albany and Herkimer.

Firefighters tore through the roof of the black Camaro ? it was the only way to free one man from the caved-in car.

"We had to tend to the civilian car Camaro. We had to use the jaws of life to cut the roof off, and move the doors," said FDNY Battalion Chief Mike Breslin.

Clayton Fryar heard the crash, and ran from his home around 4:30 Monday afternoon, and saw one man in handcuffs from the Camaro on the sidewalk, then an injured patient from the bus taken away on a stretcher.

"As the Chevy tried to go through the intersection, the bus hit it," Fryar says, "from what I understand, the NYPD was in pursuit, causing the impact to end at the hydrant. One passenger was thrown from the vehicle, he was handcuffed on the ground. The other was pinned in the vehicle."

"We found 43 patients, one of which was critical. They were taken to area hospitals, we were obviously prepared," said FDNY Deputy Chief Alvin Suriel.

Fortunately, Interfaith Medical Center was just steps away.

There were no life-threatening injuries. 12 people are currently in serious, but stable condition and were taken to Kings County Hospital, Interfaith and St. John's