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12 People Hurt in Midwood Bus Crash

By DNAinfo Staff on March 19, 2012 10:45am

By Tuan Nguyen and Wil Cruz

DNAinfo Staff

BROOKLYN — Twelve people were injured Monday morning when a vehicle slammed into a MTA bus in Midwood, officials said.

A B11 bus was crossing Ocean Avenue just before 10 a.m. when a vehicle crossed a red light at Avenue J and crashed into the bus, transit and fire officials said.

"He jumped the red light and hit into the bus," said Gene, 63, who lives in the neighborhood, of one of the vehicles. "It was totally his fault from what I saw.

"The truck was overturned several times," Gene, who refused to give his last name, added. "It was totally destroyed."

The bus jumped a curb at the intersection and crashed into a building.

In addition to the bus, a food truck and a car were involved in the crash, an FDNY spokesman said. It was unclear which vehicle ran the red light.

JASA Home Delivered Meals, the food truck company, did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Transit and fire officials said 12 people were hurt, though none of the injuries appeared to be serious. Some of the patients were taken to Kings County Hospital, the FDNY spokesman said.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA, said 11 of the injured people were on the bus, including the driver.