An MTA bus has finally been extracted from a brownstone in Brooklyn five days after it crashed, injuring 17 people.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos captured the aftermath of Monday’s crash, showing the massive amounts of damage done to both the bus and brownstone as officials finally removed the vehicle on Friday.
It took this long to move the bus because officials feared the structure could collapse if the operation was performed hastily, before proper supports had been put in.
Surveillance footage previously showed the terrifying moment from inside the bus when the MTA driver lost control of his vehicle, hitting a construction truck before coming to a halt in the building.
DailyMail.com obtained exclusive photos of the crash’s destructive aftermath, showing the massive amounts of damage done to both the bus and brownstone
Officials finally removed the bus from the building on Friday, claiming the structure could have collapsed had the bus been hastily removed
The bus’s front window was completely smashed to bits, with the front end taking massive damage from the impact of the crash
In DailyMail.com photos taken Friday, the totaled bus can be seen being tied to a Mack MTA truck, which carefully pulled it from the front of the building.
The bus’s front window was completely smashed to bits, with the front end taking massive damage from the impact of the crash.
Construction crews were on scene at the damaged brownstone as well, where they were removing debris from the destroyed housing structure.
MTA officials arrived on Friday’s bus removal scene as well as they continue to investigate the exact cause of Monday’s crash
Construction crews were on scene at the damaged brownstone as well, where they were removing debris from the destroyed housing structure
Cleanup crews could be seen securing the scene of the damaged brownstone on Friday afternoon
Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver, 55, told DailyMail.com that his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and the gas.
‘It’s not a good day for me,’ he said, adding that his had never happened to him before.
Video from inside the B49 southbound bus on Bedford Avenue showed the driver sitting down at around 1.55pm – moments before the crash.
There are plastic shopping bags near his feet, and he appears disengage the break before he is fully situated.
The bus quickly accelerates into a construction vehicle ahead of him before smashing through a parked car into the doctor’s office on the corner of Lincoln Road.
Newly released surveillance footage shows the terrifying moments leading up when an MTA bus driver lost control of the vehicle Monday and crashed into a Brooklyn brownstone
The bus careened into the Lincoln Road building around 1.55pm Monday
Shortly after the crash, the dazed driver (pictured) told DailyMail.com that his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and the gas
The city Department of Buildings said the structure could collapse if the bus is removed
‘The video is disturbing on many levels, raising questions about whether basic safety rules were followed,’ the MTA said in a statement. ‘The incident remains under investigation and we will have more to say when that is complete.’
Thirteen people were hospitalized in the crash New York City fire officials said, but none were injured seriously.
Engineers for the city Department of Buildings determined that the bus had caused structural damage to the first floor and basement of the building, and that it was no longer safe to occupy, the agency said.
As of Wednesday, the DoB was still working with engineers hired by the building’s owner to shore up the structure
Seventeen people were injured in the crash
The driver embraced a woman at the scene. He said his foot had gotten stuck between the brake and gas
DoB officials said that they were working with engineers hired by the owner of the building shore up the front of the structure, and that the work needed to be completed before the bus could be removed.
A protective fence around the vehicle was under construction and would remain there until the building is repaired, they said.
The department said the crash is still under investigation as of Friday.
An injured passenger sat in an FDNY medical vehicle
The injured passenger was led away from the scene. The FDNY said 13 people were hospitalized in the crash
None of the passengers were seriously injured in the crash
Craig Cipriano, president of the MTA Bus Company, said that driver has 13 years experience with few crash incidents, according to the New York Times. He suffered a minor injury to his hand, he said.
A resident who was inside the third floor of the building at the time of the crash said she felt a rumble before hearing a crunch as the bus smashed into the building, the outlet reported.
The tenant, who identified herself as Elena, said it sounded, ‘Like metal bursting through stone and brick.’
The bus careened into the parked truck on the left before smashing into the building
A tenant on the third floor of the building said the crash sounded, ‘like metal bursting through stone and brick’