A New York City city bus driver in Manhattan was killed in a crash with a stolen box truck on Wednesday in the city's Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Bus driver William Pena, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene and at least four others were injured in the 5:30 a.m. crash, according to The Associated Press
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The injured were two pedestrians, a bus passenger, and the driver of the truck, which hit the city bus and then collided into building scaffolding, police said. Charges against the driver of the truck are pending.
The crash happened near W. 14th St. and Seventh Ave. in Greenwich Village.
Pena was ejected during the collision and crushed beneath the vehicle, the New York Daily News reported
. He had been a city bus driver since 1996.
The driver of the stolen truck was identified as Domonic Whilby, 22, of Georgia.
The bus also clipped a scooter and pushed a yellow cab into a food cart, the Daily News said.
The food cart vendor’s cousin described the collision to the New York Post
“I heard a big boom. It was a big noise. I ran over and the bus was inside the scaffolding. My cousin was inside the food cart. He was screaming. Hot water burned his body,” Ehmad Shehata said.
TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen described the dangers of city bus driving to the Post.
“Today demonstrates how dangerous it can be. They face three assaults a week. In addition to assaults, we drive on the most hazardous streets in the world. The driving conditions are horrific,” he told the Post.
Pena was married with a teenage daughter.
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