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Brooklyn bus crash video raises questions about whether protocols were ignored

New surveillance video of a Brooklyn bus crash that injured 16 people has left authorities questioning whether transportation authority safety procedures were being followed.

A bus operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority slammed into the side of a Brooklyn brownstone just before 2 p.m. Monday. Video from the bus’s surveillance system showed the driver, 55, leaving his seat as the bus appeared to be at a standstill.

A few moments after the driver returns to his seat, the bus rolls forward and collides with a vehicle in front. The driver then seemed to have trouble containing the bus, grabbing the steering wheel and pulling away from traffic a few seconds before hitting the residence.

“The video is disturbing on several levels, raising questions about adherence to basic safety rules,” said Tim Minton, MTA’s director of communications. “The incident is still under investigation, and we’ll have more to say when it’s over.”

Passengers were evacuated and at least 13 people were taken to local hospitals, officials said on Monday. A total of 16 people were injured, but no one suffered any life-threatening injuries.

The bus remained on the side of the brownstone building on Wednesday morning, as the Buildings Ministry feared the structure would collapse when it was removed.

MTA Bus Company President Craig Cipriano said the unidentified driver had no history of major accidents in his 13 years on the job.

A resident of the Brownstone top-floor unit, who identified himself only as Elena, told NBC New York on Monday that they were inside when the crash happened.

“I just heard screaming and then I heard a really loud cracking sound, like metal in stone and bricks,” Elena said. “It’s a little crazy, but it’s not the craziest thing. I’m grateful to be alive.”

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