Empty NYC transit bus rolls down street, hits church, cars

Posted June 22, 2017

An MTA bus left unattended in neutral rolled down a Brooklyn street, hitting several cars and crashing into a church early Wednesday morning, police said. The bus then proceeded to slam into ten cars before hitting a church, according to a report by local NY station WNBC. The bus came to a rest outside the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Knickerbocker Ave., mangling its metal fence and a brick column. Take a look here: "There was another auto that was parked on the corner", witness Khushbu Patel said. Because it hit that vehicle right there, it turned and then stopped right there at the church.

A man changing the headlights on his mother's auto had to jump out of the way of the bus, and experienced minor injuries. A suspected tire - or tire iron - hit him as the bus rammed a vehicle. He was taken to Wyckoff Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was not struck by the bus.

"We are grateful no one was seriously hurt", a vice president with Transport Workers Union Local 100, JP Patafio, said, adding that the upset driver - in her early 20s - would get help from the union.

An investigation as to the exact chain of events that lead to the runaway bus is still underway.