PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A bus operator was injured when a NJ TRANSIT bus lost control and crashed into a building in Paterson Friday morning.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. at 4th Avenue and E. 26th Street when the bus plowed into the side of a carpet and fabric store, according to the transit agency.
The bus had just finished its route when it slid backwards down a hill because of the icy conditions, officials said.
“I would venture to guess that they probably lost control based on the fact that the bus went in backwards. That probably turned out to be a good thing for the driver,” Michael Posterino with the Paterson Fire Department said. “When I went out earlier, the roads were slippery, extremely slippery.”
Witnesses said that the bus came careening down a hill and was close to hitting homes and an electrical pole. Residents were thankful that their houses were spared.
When it finally came to a stop the back of the bus was rammed so far into the fabric distribution building that it looked like a garage.