Josephina Guzman of the Bronx told the New York Daily News that she was rethinking her commute after a 300-pound iron manhole exploded through a floor of the MTA bus she was riding on last week.
Guzman was on the BX11 MTA bus heading down West 170th Street and Inwood Avenue in the Bronx when the bus stopped at a light, she said through a translator. All of a sudden, the manhole cover underneath the bus ripped through the bus floor and slammed into her leg.
Guzman was treated for several bruises to her leg and a swollen ankle at a nearby hospital and released, according to reports.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) owns the cover, according to CBS New York. “Heavy vehicles can sometimes damage manhole castings and that could lead to a cover being dislodged,” the agency told the station, claiming that the bus may have dislodged the lid when it drove over it.
“Buses go over manhole covers throughout the entire five boroughs and none have ever shot up and went through the floor of a bus,” Frank Austin, an official at the Transport Workers Union told reporters. “It’s the first time I ever saw.”
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