Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

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

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

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.

As the bus rolled down Palmetto about 12:37 a.m., it smashed into several cars and crashed into a church at Knickerbocker Ave. Just one man was slightly injured before being treated and released at a hospital. New York's PIX 11 news reports the bus hit at least six cars and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Nick Rivera, who suffered minor injuries, was knocked off his feet by the auto he was working on after it was struck by the bus, according to a family member. A source familiar with the man's care said he wasn't hit by the bus, but that the manner in which he jumped away from the careening vehicle fractured a bone in his foot.

Paul Quiroz, 46, was watching TV in his home on Knickerbocker Avenue when the bus started to roll away.

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

"We are grateful that no one was seriously hurt", a spokesperson for the Transit Workers Union said in a text to WABC.

The driver, Shatima Simmons, was an early-20s woman who was only on her third day on the job, and is understandably distraught.

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