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Car Crashes into Bus in Brooklyn, Injuring 8

Oct 27, 2014

On Wednesday evening, a car slammed into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus in Red Hook, Brooklyn. According to CBS New York, the collision sent the bus crashing into several parked cars and a building, injuring eight people. Video footage was able to capture the accident.

Jamie Balzano was a passenger on the bus, and one of the eight who were injured. “It happened so fast,” he said to CBS New York. “I was just trying to hold on, you know, so I don’t fall.”

The B61 bus was heading down on Dwight Street at Coffey Street at approximately 5:50 p.m. when a black Camry slammed into the front of it, according to the MTA. Upon impact, the bus crashed into several parks cars, jumped the curb and struck a building nearby. “That black Camry was coming on Coffey Street, and it broke the stop sign. It went past the stop sign without stopping. And the bus is coming this way, and the two cars collided and sent the bus into the sidewalk,” said witness Bob Seetin to CBS New York. “It was a domino effect – all the way down. All the way down to the van,” The bus also knocked down two trees before it crashed into the building.

Michael DiMarino runs a manufacturing company, Linda Tool, in the building. “We didn’t know if one of our machines malfunctioned, or we got hit with lightning,” he told CBS New York. “It felt like an earthquake. It was tremendous.”

The 22-year veteran bus driver and the driver of the Camry were both rushed to the hospital, the MTA said. According to the police, three bus passengers were admitted to Lutheran Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Other passengers with minor injuries were taken to other hospitals, the FDNY said to 1010 WINS. After the bus is towed away, Department of Buildings investigators will determine if the building is structurally stable.

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