Benjamin Berkowitz

MTA Bus Driver Accidentally Backs Over, Kills Colleague at Queens Depot

A 57-year-old MTA bus driver accidentally backed her bus into and killed a 59-year-old co-worker who had spent nearly his entire adult life on the job Tuesday, officials said. 

The victim, a 37-year veteran of the MTA, was directing bus traffic at the MTA depot in College Point, Queens, around 10 a.m. when the bus driver, who has been with the agency 29 years, backed into him, according to authorities. 

Authorities say the bus should have been beeping as it backed up. It's not clear if it did. Officials have not released the names of either the driver or the victim, but colleagues Tuesday were mourning the victim.

"He was hardworking, punctual -- always punctual at work, doing his job," said MTA bus driver Victor Gbajumo. "Yeah, he was a good man." 

Daryl Irick, president of MTA Bus company, said, "We are a close-knit family and we are in mourning." 

The accident happened at the MTA's busiest bus depot; there was no disruption in service. 

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