Five Injured as New York City Bus Crashes Into Minivan, Building
Five people were injured when a New York City bus collided with a vehicle, careened onto a sidewalk and crashed into a building.
The accident occurred on the morning of April 4, 2014 on Broadway near West 155th Street in Washington Heights. According to Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz, witnesses stated that a minivan cut in front of a bus, and the bus T-boned the van. Both vehicles then went onto the sidewalk, and the bus crashed into a pizzeria.
An unidentified woman and her husband, who were walking on the sidewalk, were injured, as were the bus driver and the two occupants of the minivan. None of the injuries were life-threatening. Four of the injured were taken to local hospitals, and one was treated at the scene. The bus was out of service at the time and was not carrying any passengers.
Residents who lived above the pizzeria reported hearing a sound like an explosion and a feeling like an earthquake. One worried that the building was about to collapse. The city’s Department of Buildings sent inspectors to the building to assess its structural integrity. The results of their inspection are expected to take a few days.
Police were reviewing video of the accident captured on surveillance cameras in order to see who was at fault in the accident.