The MTA bus that crashed into a Brooklyn townhouse on Monday remains stuck in place more than 24 hours later, after city officials determined that the vehicle had compromised the building’s stability.
The B49 bus smashed into a home on the corner of Lincoln Road and Bedford Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday. At least 16 people were treated for injuries, none of them critically.
The city had planned to tow the bus on Monday, but were reportedly forced to postpone the removal due to concerns over the building’s stability.
A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings said the bus had structurally damaged an internal load-bearing masonry wall, as well as the first-floor and basement exterior, and that the building was no longer safe to occupy.
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Reached by phone, one resident of 174 Lincoln Road said that all of the building’s tenants had been ordered to vacate, and were awaiting further information about emergency housing. “Everyone is out,” the person, who declined to provide their name, told Gothamist. “We’re waiting to hear what happens next.”
Dozens of New Yorkers stopped to gawk at the stuck bus on Tuesday afternoon, as piles of bricks spilled from the cracked facade and pieces of the bus’s exterior remain littered on the street. Contractors were also working to erect a wooden perimeter around the bus.
“It’s security for pedestrians,” one worker told Gothamist. “God forbid someone tries to walk into it and they hurt themselves and it’s a liability.”
The cause of the crash remains unclear, though neighbors said the intersection was the frequent site of crashes. One block resident, Matt Fleischer-Black, said he believed the driver had swerved to avoid a flatbed truck.
“The whole building shook,” Fleischer-Black recalled. “We often have accidents on that corner. Usually the buildings don’t shake.”
The timeline for removing the bus remains uncertain.