Runaway bus rolls backwards, slams into Brooklyn church

Video shows the bus rolling at speed down the street which was thankfully pretty quiet at that time in the morning

The female bus driver left the empty Q58 bus without putting it in park on Palmetto Street in Bushwick at about 12:30 a.m., according to police.

The rookie city bus driver who forgot to leave the parking brake on - causing the vehicle to barrel down a Brooklyn street in reverse - had only been on the job for three days. The bus rolled backward an entire city block, hitting 10 cars including one vehicle where a man was changing his tire.

The man who was changing his tire was injured as he jumped out of the way to avoid being hit, police said. The damaged cars and bus were towed away from the scene. He was not hit by the bus. Timmes turned around and saw "the bus had went through the intersection and crashed at the corner of Knickerbocker Ave and Palmetto St.in front of St. Paul's Church". He was taken to Wyckoff Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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The church was not severely damaged.

It was not immediately clear if the bus driver will face any charges. "We are grateful that no one was seriously hurt", a spokesperson for the Transit Workers Union said in a text to Eyewitness News.

An investigation as to the exact chain of events that lead to the runaway bus is still underway.

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