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Collision Sends MTA Bus into Manhattan Storefront, Minor Injuries Reported

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At least five people suffered minor injuries Friday morning after a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus slammed into a building in Washington Heights after getting hit by a minivan.

It happened at Broadway and 155th Street shortly before 8 a.m.

The MTA says the M4 bus was out of service and heading north on Broadway with no passengers on board. The minivan was going south and tried to turn onto West 155th Street when the two collided.

Both jumped the curb and landed in the storefront.

None of the employees were injured.

"I was just doing my normal set up for work this morning and next thing you know I hear a loud noise. I see something coming so I screamed and I turned my head and the next thing you know the bus was in front of the store," said one worker.

Crews were not able to pull the bus out of the storefront until the Department of Buildings was able to say the building would not crumble to the ground.

Even though they were allowed inside, tenants were worried about their safety.

"If buildings says it's safe we should trust them but I'm a little bit concerned," said one tenant.

The MTA says the bus driver suffered minor injuries along with two pedestrians and two people in the van.

It's not clear if the van driver will face any charges.

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