NYPD: Bus driver killed in crash with stolen truck

A bus driver was killed and at least four people were injured when authorities say a city bus and a box truck collided in Greenwich Village early Wednesday, sending both vehicles onto the sidewalk and into scaffolding. News 12 Long Island (Feb. 12, 2014)

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NEW YORK - An MTA bus driver was killed in Manhattan early Wednesday after his bus collided with a stolen truck in Greenwich Village, officials said.

The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street. The driver of the M14 bus was heading east on West 14th Street as the driver of the stolen truck was going south on Seventh Avenue, the NYPD said.

The collision caused the vehicles to crash into a building's scaffolding.

The bus driver, William Pena, 49, of Hillside, N.J., was ejected from the vehicle and pinned beneath it, said a Transport Workers Union Local 100 spokesman. Pena had worked at the MTA for 17 years.

"The entire MTA mourns the tragic loss of Mr. Pena, especially his colleagues at the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot in Manhattan," MTA chairman and chief executive Tom Prendergast said in a statement.

TWU Local 100 president John Samuelsen said in a statement that "a lot of tears are being shed" at the Quill Bus Depot for Pena.

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"He was a very gentle man, highly, highly respected by his fellow bus operators . . . and just a tremendous loss to the union," Samuelsen said.

The truck operator, a 22-year-old man whose identity has not been released, suffered a minor injury and was arrested while at Bellevue Hospital Center.

He picked up the box truck on 16th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, said NYPD officials. The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney's office are investigating the accident. Police officers found the two vehicles during a search of the area in response to a 911 call of a burglary, according to the NYPD.

A bus passenger and two people on the street also were injured in the collision. Police said a person riding a three-wheeled scooter was hurt earlier when the scooter was hit by the stolen truck. All four injured people were taken to Bellevue in stable condition.

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