Transportation for the West Side Transit Authority will be temporarily suspended for one year while the investigation into an incident involving a bus driver is conducted.
A video of the incident was posted on Twitter Monday morning, and the bus driver, who was wearing a white mask and had his back to the camera, was seen walking off the bus and leaving the scene.
The MTA’s transit spokesman, David Rittenberg, said in a statement that the driver was disciplined and that the agency will work with the city and state to ensure that the safety and well-being of the passengers is not compromised.
The incident began about 4:30 a.m. on March 25 when the driver used the social media site to post an image of himself and the other driver on a bus, according to the video.
The driver then took the video of him with the other two drivers and posted it on Twitter.
“I was on the way to work when a bus suddenly veered into my lane and I was in the middle of a two-lane intersection.
The bus driver pulled over,” the driver says in the video, which was posted online about an hour after it was posted.”
He asked me if I needed help and I told him that I needed to get to work because I was a busy driver.
He asked me where I was and I said, ‘I’m not sure.'”
The driver says he then pulled into the intersection and asked the bus to slow down because he was in a hurry and that he was driving on the sidewalk.
The driver then says the driver behind him tried to get out of the bus but was pulled back in and told to stop and get off the road.
The bus then veered around a curve and crashed into a parked vehicle.
The crash damaged the front end of the vehicle, the driver said.
After the crash, the bus was towed away by tow truck drivers.
The video shows the driver wearing a mask and speaking with the camera as he takes a seat behind a white plastic table.
The video then cuts to a window and the driver is seen standing behind a glass panel.
The agency suspended the driver and two other employees pending an investigation.
The department also will suspend the driver, Rittenburg said.