Runaway MTA bus smashes cars, church during wild Brooklyn ride

Robyn Valdez
June 22, 2017

The MTA is investigating after a runaway bus barrelled backwards down a Brooklyn street early Wednesday morning, injuring one person and damaging parked cars and a church.

Police say she had left the bus in neutral, not park before it rolled away. The bus rolled backward an entire city block, hitting 10 cars including one vehicle where a man was changing his tire.

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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church suffered only superficial damages, but the van, which belonged to Iglesia Pentecostal Church across the street, "is damaged completely", according to Rev. Jose Quintana.

The bus driver is being questioned, NBCNewYork.com said. The bus careened down Palmetto Avenue, striking several parked cars as it picked up speed. He was not hit by the bus, but was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The city buildings department determined there was no structural damage to the church.

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58 route bus stopped on Palmetto Ave. when the driver stepped out.

What caused the bus to roll away is still under investigation, according to WABC.

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"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.

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