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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
A bus driver’s apparent snafu
caused an MTA bus parked on
the Ridgewood/Bushwick border
early on Wednesday morning to
roll down the street for several blocks,
smashing into parked cars before coming
to rest at a church, police reported.
Law enforcement sources said the
trouble began at 12:25 a.m. on June
21, when a female MTA bus driver
operating an empty Q58 bus parked
the vehicle at the corner of Palmetto
Street and Wyckoff Avenue.
The Q58, based out of the Fresh
Pond Depot in Ridgewood, operates
between the Ridgewood Intermodal
Terminal at the corner of Myrtle and
Wyckoff avenues and Main Street in
The driver left the bus believing
she had left it in park, but according
to police, the bus gear was left in neutral.
Shortly aft er the driver exited,
police said, the bus started rolling
backward, heading southbound on
Palmetto Street toward Irving and
As many as 10 vehicles were hit by
the bus, but fortunately no people
were struck. NBC New York reported
that one man — who had been checking
a tire on one of the vehicles — saw the
bus coming and was able to get out of
its way before it could hit him. He was
hospitalized with a minor injury.
Police said the bus fi nally came to a
stop aft er smashing into a van and a
column of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
located at the corner of Knickerbocker
Avenue and Palmetto Street in
Bushwick. The church did not suff er
any major structural damage, authorities
An MTA spokesperson said the
incident remains under investigation.