MTA bus stuck in Brooklyn brownstone finally removed

The MTA bus that was lodged in a Brooklyn brownstone for four days after a crash — and quickly became a local oddball attraction — was finally removed by workers Friday.

The mangled B49 bus was slowly rolled out of the building at Lincoln Road and Bedford Avenue as people cheered, clapped and whistled. 

The MTA vehicle had hopped the curb at Bedford Avenue and Lincoln Road around 2 p.m. Monday, smashing into the front of a building at the Prospect Lefferts Gardens corner. More than a dozen people had to be hospitalized from the accident.

In the days after, gawkers gathered at the scene to catch a glimpse of the still-lodged bus — which they described as akin to an art installation. 

“[The neighborhood has] been more busy than it has been in the past,” said a local resident who did not want to be identified.

Neighbor Jennifer Rojas added that she thinks the crash has helped strengthen community ties. 

The MTA bus is removed from the brownstone
The heavily damaged B49 bus was removed from the brownstone at Bedford Avenue and Lincoln Road as onlookers clapped and cheered on June 11, 2021.
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“I think people have come together,” she said. “Like, everybody’s talking, you know.”

The vehicle’s front windshield was completely shattered amid its twisted metal front frame as the bus was pulled from the building. 

The bus driver’s foot had become wedged between the vehicle’s brake and accelerator when the accident happened, officials and transit sources said at the time.

A full vacate order was issued for the building, as it was found to be unsafe to occupy.

The bus's mangled windshield
The bus’s front windshield was completely shattered as it was removed from the brownstone.
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Since the crash, contractors began installing shoring to prevent further damage and completed that process earlier Friday before the removal, according to the city Department of Buildings.

“I thought it was going to take longer, actually,” Rojas of the removal.

The bus was taken to a Bronx depot, according to the MTA.

The building damage
Contractors had worked to stabilize the building, which was fully vacated after the June 7, 2021, crash that hospitalized more than a dozen people.
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“We are grateful to the Department of Buildings for ensuring the safe removal of our bus,” MTA spokeswoman Meredith Daniels said in a statement. “Our comprehensive investigation is ongoing.”

Engineers with the DOB have not observed any damage to neighboring properties in the aftermath of the crash, a spokesman said. 

Residents are coordinating with the owner’s contractors to remove any remaining personal items from the building, according to the DOB.

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