The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed that coach bus driver Raymond Mong, 49, ran a red a light before colliding with an MTA Q20 bus in Flushing, killing himself and two others on Sept. 18.
The finding comes from the NTSB’s preliminary investigation of the crash and confirms what seemed evident in grisly surveillance footage, which appeared to show the bus, owned by the Flushing-based Dahlia Inc., rushing down Northern Boulevard through a red light as the MTA bus attempted to turn from Main Street.
The preliminary report was released on Thursday.
The NTSB had previously confirmed that the Dahlia bus was travelling between 54 and 62 miles per hour, even as the speed limit was 30 miles per hour.
The report also confirms that the MTA bus had 16 passengers, while Mong was the only person on the coach bus.
The crash left 15 of the transit passengers injured, along with two pedestrians and two occupants of a parked car that was struck by the colliding buses. Those injuries ranged from minor to serious, according to the NTSB.
After the buses collided, they crashed into the storefront of a Kennedy Fried Chicken and caused significant damage.
The other two victims were 68-year-old Henry Wdowiak, a pedestrian, and Gregory Liljefors, 55, who was a passenger on the MTA bus.
The NTSB investigation is ongoing, the preliminary report noted. The investigation began the day of the crash.
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