A Monday morning commute turned into a terrifying situation for pedestrians after a school bus jumped a curb and hit four people on an Upper East Side sidewalk.
According to officials, the driver of the school bus lost control of the vehicle at approximately 8:20 a.m. on Monday, February 13 after the brakes malfunctioned. Two of the injured pedestrians were transported to St. Luke's Hospital for treatment, while the other two were transported to New York Hospital.
Darren Patterson was at the corner of 85th St. and Third Ave., the location of the crash, when he saw the school bus hurtling in his direction.
“It jumped the curb and hit four guys. They were thrown,” he said, still in shock. “One guy was knocked over here. One guy was knocked over there… One of them had one of his legs going this way and that way. They were in pain.”
As the driver walked away from the crash, he reportedly covered up his face with his sweatshirt and said that:
“The brakes failed. I tried to avoid the accident.”
All four of the injured pedestrians suffered minor injuries.