Driver charged in Brooklyn crash involving MTA bus that left 14 injured

ByJanice Yu and Eyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, May 29, 2023
Driver charged in multi-vehicle crash involving MTA bus in Brooklyn
Officials have released new information about a crash in Brooklyn involving an MTA bus that left over a dozen people injured.Janice Yu has the latest.

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A woman was charged after allegedly setting off a chain-reaction crash Sunday night in Brooklyn that involved an MTA bus and left over a dozen people injured.

Authorities say around 8 p.m. 23-year-old Chandiana Jean was driving a Chevy Impala when it rear-ended a Toyota Sienna at the intersection of Essex Street and New Lots Avenue. The impact sent the Impala into the intersection and the car struck a Ford Escape.

Officials say the Impala was then hit by an eastbound MTA bus on the B15 route.

At least 14 people were hurt. Authorities say a 44-year-old woman, who was in the back of the Impala, was rushed to the Brookdale University Hospital in critical condition.

The other people who were injured, nine men and four women, were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Jean was taken to Jamaica Hospital after the crash and was later charged with possession of a forged instrument and aggravated unlicensed operator.

The MTA bus was towed away from the scene Monday morning, but the debris remained in the middle of this intersection.

People who live in the area say this intersection would be a lot safer if the stop signs were replaced with traffic lights.

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