NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of the West Village were woken up Wednesday morning by a high-impact accident, in which a stolen truck slammed into a city bus, which in turn smashed into scaffolding in front of a building and left a bus driver dead.
The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on 14th Street and Seventh Avenue, police said. The articulated crosstown M14 bus was headed east on 14th Street when the box truck traveling south on Seventh Avenue ran a red light and broadsided it, police said.
“It was a long screeching; it sounded like a dumpster coming off a truck or something,” said witness Dennis Gallagher.
The impact was so strong, it sent both vehicles crashing into a building and several parked cars. The scaffolding that was in front of the building collapsed onto the wreckage.
The bus driver, William Pena, was killed in the crash.