NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Twenty-five people were injured Monday evening after a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus driver passed out at the wheel and crashed into several vehicles on the Upper East Side, leaving passengers trapped inside.
Shortly after 7 p.m., witnesses said the driver of the BxM18 bus to Riverdale appeared to lose control as he headed north on Madison Avenue at 80th Street.
“I look up, and then I see him going faster, and he’s swerving towards the right, and he’s hitting cars. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God,’ and he’s hitting another one, and he hits another one,” said passenger Leslie Bautista.
Bautista said another passenger saw the driver breathing heavily before he passed out.
But the bus kept going, demolishing a sports utility vehicle that had to be towed away. The bus then rear-ended a taxi that had stopped at a red light, and pushed another car into a mangled fence, before a couple of passengers finally took control, police said.
The MTA confirmed that the driver lost consciousness.