In the period from 2015 through 2018, MTA buses were involved in a whopping 21,823 crashes. This equates to an average of 23 crashes per day. During this time period, at least 2,520 people were injured and 14 people had died. Recent court testimony revealed when involved in a collision, drivers of MTA buses called dispatch, not the police. A special squad in every borough rushes to the scene to document the accident and interview witnesses. The collision records do not indicate who is at fault in these accidents.
The NY Post reports on an accident where an MTA bus crashed into a bagel shop located in Queens.
The accident happened on Sunday morning just after 5 a.m. at the Bagels Plus located at the intersection of 58th Street near Woodside Avenue in Sunnyside.
The Q18 bus was struck by a Honda which had traveled through a red light. The bus then barreled through the store.
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42-year-old employee Polo Perez had arrived a few moments before the accident. He was setting up the coffee stand about 4 to 5 feet away from where the bus crashed into the store. The bagel store normally opens at 5 am. but Perez had decided to delay opening by an hour. There were no customers in the store at the time of the accident.
There were fewer than 10 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. The bus driver was taken to the hospital for injuries to his wrist and ankle. Two other passengers were checked by paramedics but were not in need of further treatments.
There were no charges filed against either driver.