13 Injured in MTA Bus Accident on Boston Rd in The Bronx, NY
New York, NY — August 4, 2022, 13 people were injured, one critically, when an MTA bus crashed into a bridge pillar on Boston Road in the Bronx.
According to reports the incident happened Thursday in the area of Boston and West Farms roads. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the transit bus went out of control in the area for unknown reasons and crashed into a pillar for an elevated train track.
The 44-year-old bus driver was treated for critical cardiac arrest; investigators are unsure if the attack triggered the accident or was caused by it. 12 passengers aboard the bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on MTA Bus Accident in The Bronx
Police are still trying to work out whether the bus crash might have been caused by the driver having a heart attack. Medical emergencies are behind more crashes than many people realize, and while it's still important to investigate other possible causes for the bus going out of control (wet roads, cut off by another vehicle, failures or defects in the bus) I understand why authorities might suspect the driver lost control during the cardiac episode.
If it turns out they're right, I wish the driver a swift and full recovery. At the same time, I can't help but wonder if their employer, the city, was aware they could have a debilitating medical issue while driving a bus that can hold almost 80 people at a time. If so and they let that person operate a bus anyway, there may be certain issues of negligence to address. Of course, since the passengers' injuries were reportedly minor and seeking help from the city can be a headache they may choose not to make waves here. However, if the city is letting people with potentially-dangerous health risks operate their buses that's behavior that must be nipped in the bud as soon as possible.
I'm spilling a lot of words here just to point out that many crashes really aren't as simple as the news makes them sound. People may see that a bus hit a stationary object and think the driver is to blame more or less by default, but there could be extenuating circumstances that need a close look as well. Hopefully someone will take those steps here--if not police, then independent investigators looking on the victims' behalf.