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School Bus Driver Loses Control, Plows Into Parked Cars in Williamsburg; No Injuries Reported

What to Know

  • A school bus rammed into parked cars in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon
  • Vehicles with doors, hoods and bumpers smashed in were a common sight after the accident that occurred in Williamsburg
  • Only the driver and a school aide were on the bus at the time of the accident; No injuries were reported

A school bus plowed into a row of parked cars in Brooklyn just after the driver dropped off kids Thursday afternoon.

Vehicles with smashed-in doors, hoods and bumpers were a common sight after the accident on Wilson Street in Williamsburg at around 4:45 p.m.

The driver and aide were the only ones on the bus during the time of the accident, fire officials said. 

The bus driver, Joseph Quam, told News 4 New York that he'd just dropped students off and was attempting to make a turn when he lost control and his brakes stopped working. He was going about 10 to 20 mph approaching Wilson Street when he lost control.

"It could be a mechanical problem," said Quam. "I tried the brake and it wouldn't stop. It just wouldn't stop." 

The pileup totaled as many as nine cars on the street, according to witnesses. 

No injuries were reported. 

Car owners arrived on the scene to find the shocking mess. 

"I don't have a trunk," Sam Smith remarked of his car.

The school bus was registered to Empire State Bus Corp. Messages left with the company were not immediately returned. 

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