PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn — An MTA bus slammed into the front of a Brooklyn building Monday afternoon, injuring more than a dozen people, officials said.
The crash happened at 174 Lincoln Rd. around 2 p.m., according to officials. Emergency medical services and FDNY firefighters were on the scene near Bedford Avenue, video showed.
Sixteen people were injured in the crash, an EMS official said. Thirteen people were taken to area hospitals, according to the official, although the injuries were considered minor.
An FDNY chief said first responders helped people off the bus and out of the building. It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the injured people were inside the building when the bus crashed or how many people were on the bus.
An MTA official at the scene said the B49 bus was traveling south toward Manhattan Beach when it crashed. He said the 55-year-old driver has 13 years on the job.
“I heard a lot of screeching noise from the street that sounded like car crashes, and then I heard a really loud crunch and then I felt a rumble that just felt like a big hunk of metal going into bricks and stone,” said a woman who lives in the building named Elana.
There’s no indication that the driver was speeding, the MTA official said, but he cautioned the investigation remained in its early stages. Additionally, the bus did not appear to have any mechanical defect that would have caused the crash, he said.
“The investigation is ongoing but it doesn’t appear to be any kind of mechanical defect that caused this incident,” said Craig Cipriano of the MTA.
A good Samaritan who ran to help described the situation.
“Me and this other guy, we got them off the bus,” he said, saying they pried the doors open. “[We made] sure everybody straight, that’s all I could think about. The bus driver, he was like ‘make sure they’re good, don’t worry about me.’”
Inspectors and engineers with the Department of Buildings also went to the scene to conduct structural stability inspections.
This investigation determined the collision led to structural damage in the building and it is no longer safe to occupy. The building was vacated, residents were offered lodging and emergency work orders were issued.
PIX11 has reached out to the MTA, FDNY and NYPD for information.