DOB crews evaluating stability of Brooklyn building hit by MTA bus
Crews from the Department of Buildings worked to evaluate the stability of a building in Brooklyn on Tuesday after an MTA bus plowed into it.
Authorities say the bus drove into the apartment building in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on Lincoln Road around 2 p.m. on Monday.
Officials say 16 people were injured, including 13 who needed hospitalization.
The MTA says the 55-year-old driver has been on the job for 13 years and has a safe driving record.
Crews set up a wooden barrier around the property on Tuesday until the bus can be safely removed.
Neighbors say there is a doctor's office in the bottom of the building, but it was closed at the time of the crash.
Caroline Pettie, who has lived in the area for around 30 years, says she has seen cars drive through the fence of the church across the street.
Pettie says she saw the bus coming down Bedford Avenue and that he wasn’t speeding or doing anything concerning. She believes the crash happened because he was trying to avoid serious injury or death.
“He tried to avoid everybody so he swerved and he crashed into here, I guess to save the passengers because there was people on that bus,” she says.
The people who live in the building are being temporarily housed until the building is safe to return to.
One neighbor who goes to the doctor’s office in the building told News 12 that patients were told they are working to find another office for now.