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Brooklyn Bus Accident Leaves 41 Injured

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- More than three-dozen people were injured Monday afternoon when a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus collided with a car in Brooklyn.

The accident happened at 4:40 p.m. at Albany Avenue and Herkimer Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the borough, authorities said.

In all, 41 people were injured, including dozens on the B15 bus, the FDNY told CBS 2. They were taken to area hospitals. Some people in the car were also hospitalized with injuries. Twelve were seriously injured, while the remaining 29 suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, authorities added.

Brooklyn Bus Accident Leaves 41 Injured

A witness told CBS 2's Lou Young the driver of the car was fleeing authorities and ran a stop sign. At that point, the car was hit by the bus, the witness added.

The man apparently had a gun and decided to bolt when cops noticed the weapon, police said.

The car was demolished, and the driver was most seriously injured, Young reported.

Witnesses told 1010 WINS' Al Jones that the impact caved in the entire side of the driver's Camaro.

"He just zooms past. He hits the ground real hard and the detective's car was right behind him," one man said.

Responders had to use the jaws of life to pull victims from the wreckage.

"We cut the roof off. Removed the two patients from the car and then we were able to deal with the patients inside the transit authority bus," FDNY Battalion Chief Mike Breslin said.

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