MTA bus that crashed into Brooklyn building finally removed

PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An MTA bus that slammed into a building in Brooklyn was finally removed Friday.

Video showed the frightening moments the driver slammed into the building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Footage from inside the bus shows the driver removing the brakes, then rear ending another vehicle twice before careening into the brownstone building Monday.
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At least sixteen people were injured when an MTA bus lost control and jumped a curb, crashing into a building in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon.


He also appears to have narrowly missed at least one other occupied car, though a row of parked cars got in his way.

A total of 16 people were hurt, but fortunately, most left with minor injuries.

"Thank God that nobody got killed," neighbor Corey Demetrio said. "It literally went through somebody's house."

Raw video of bus being removed:
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Raw Video: An MTA bus that slammed into a building in Brooklyn was finally removed Friday.


The MTA says the crash does not look like it was caused by mechanical error.

The exact cause is still being determined, but senior officials believe actions by the driver will end up being the cause.
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Sandra Bookman reports on the MTA bus crash in Brooklyn.


They say the driver may have been distracted, or his foot may have gotten stuck between pedals.

Investigators are citing numerous apparent violations, including the bus driver using a phone while driving, stopping the bus in the middle of the route and opening the protective barrier and leaving his seat.

They say he also then deactivated the bus brake before closing the barrier or buckling his seat belt and had two bags in the bus driver area while driving -- one of them was at his feet.

"The video is disturbing on many levels, raising questions about whether basic safety rules were followed. The incident remains under investigation and we will have more to say when that is complete," the MTA's Tim Minton said.

The 55-year-old driver, who has been on the job for 13 years, wasn't seriously injured. Officials say he has no major safety record infractions, only minor collisions.

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It was an ordeal that played out with just tweets from officials, but made real when they posted a photo and video of the vessel and its bow with nothing under it.


The bus stayed in the brownstone at 174 Lincoln Road so long because the Department of Buildings determined the structural stability was compromised and the building was no longer safe to occupy.

They had to shore up the structure to prevent further collapse.

All residents in the building have been offered emergency relocation assistance.

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