EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Fourteen people were injured, including one critically, in a crash involving an MTA bus and multiple vehicles in Brooklyn Sunday night, police said.
The crash happened at Essex Street and New Lots Avenue in East New York around 8:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.
A car driven by a 23-year-old woman rear-ended a van on Essex Street, which caused the van to go through the intersection and collide with an SUV sitting at a stop sign in the westbound lane of New Lots Avenue, police said.
The car that initially rear-ended the van continued into the intersection and was then hit by an MTA B15 bus, according to police. A 44-year-old woman riding in the car was injured and hospitalized in critical condition. Thirteen other people suffered minor injuries in the crash, authorities said.
Police arrested the 23-year-old driver of the car that initially rear-ended the van. Chandiana Jean, of Brooklyn, was charged with possession of a forged instrument and aggravated unlicensed operator, police said.
“It is a bad intersection,” Terron Alexander, who lives down the block, told PIX11 News. “It’s an intersection that should have a light.”
City Councilman Charles Barron and Community Board Five chairwoman Alice Lowman held a news conference at the crash site Monday afternoon.
Barron said the city’s Department of Transportation approved a traffic light for the area, but it has yet to be installed.
“This could have been prevented, I think, had that traffic light been in place. It may have prevented things from happening,” Barron said.
Lowman added that she believes it’s even more dangerous than the current bike lanes are in the middle of the traffic lanes.
“We say to DOT, go back to the drawing board and let’s figure things out. We say no to bike lanes when it comes to two-way traffic like this,” Lowman said.
“Our records indicate an approval for an all-way stop at this intersection, which was installed. We will open a study for a signal and monitor the intersection following this crash,” a DOT spokesperson told PIX11 News.