New Video Of MTA Bus Crash In Brooklyn Ignites War Of Words Between MTA, Transit Union

A city bus is still inside a building in Brooklyn two days after it crashed, and CBS2 has obtained new video that's igniting a war of words between the MTA and the transit union over what happened; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.

Video Transcript

KRISTINE JOHNSON: We begin with that city bus that is still inside a building in Brooklyn two days after it crashed.

MAURICE DUBOIS: And tonight, CBS 2's obtained new video that is igniting a war of words between the MTA and the transit union over what happened. CBS 2's Jessica Moore has the new information.

- Boom. And he's driving with the door open. Boom! Why is he still going forward?

JESSICA MOORE: Video from inside an MTA bus shows the chaotic scene Monday afternoon when a driver appears to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic.

- That's gas. He's giving it gas. He's accelerating.

JESSICA MOORE: The video stops as the bus plows into this brownstone.

- I looked at it go by me and right into the building.

JESSICA MOORE: The MTA described the surveillance video as, quote, "Disturbing on many levels," saying it raises questions about whether basic safety rules were followed.

JP PATAFIO: We're very upset that this video was leaked by the transit authority.

JESSICA MOORE: The union representing the driver says the MTA is throwing him under the bus. They say the 14-year veteran with an exemplary record got up to change the buses run number. When he sat back down and release the emergency brake, the bus lunged forward.

JP PATAFIO: He was attempting to stop the bus and it wouldn't stop. We have to look at the design of the interior of the bus and we have to make sure there's no mechanical issues.

JESSICA MOORE: Monday, the MTA said no apparent mechanical issues were found in the 45,000-pound bus. 16 people were hurt in the crash, but none seriously injured, including the driver.

JP PATAFIO: Right now, he's still recovering. He's traumatized. He steered clear. I mean, there was no serious injuries or worse. And that's because he steered clear.

JESSICA MOORE: You can see behind me more than 48 hours later the bus is still lodged inside this brownstone. Crews had to put up walls to keep lookie-loos away. The owner is now working with the Department of Buildings to shore up the structure so that bus can finally be removed.

In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Jessica Moore, CBS 2 News.