2017-09-13 / Front Page

MTA Driver Crushed By Runaway Bus

By Liz Goff
An MTA driver was crushed and critically injured when he tried to stop his bus from rolling backward on a street in Middle Village on August 29.

Police and FDNY officials said Kaleb Oliver, 44, had just finished his shift driving an MTA shuttle bus picking up straphangers on the M subway line when he parked his bus on Metropolitan Avenue near 65th Place at about 1:20 a.m. on August 29. Shuttle buses have been shuttling straphangers since construction started on the M line earlier this year, an MTA spokesperson said.

As Oliver walked away, the bus began rolling backward on Metropolitan Avenue, the spokesperson said. The nine-year MTA veteran bus driver was crushed between the bus and a light pole outside All Faiths Cemetery, as he ran alongside the bus, trying to open the passenger doors to gain access and stop the bus, authorities said.

Oliver would have suffered more serious injuries if not for fellow bus driver Anibal Rivera, who managed to pull the emergency brake, stopping the bus, authorities said.

Transport Union officials praised Rivera for the quick action that “probably saved” Oliver’s life.

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