The driver opened the doors, freeing the other passengers first.
An MTA bus driver in NYC leaped out of the driver's-side window on Thursday during a hijacking attempt that ended in the bus careening straight into a pole, per police.
It all went down in Queens around 7:30am. After the suspect was seen in surveillance video trying to flag down the bus, authorities say he then ran in front of it while holding what appeared to be a gun (above). After the man boarded, the driver opened all the vehicle's doors -- and the suspect, who police described as appearing to "be erratic," allowed all 20-25 passengers to escape.
The man then allegedly told the driver he "was being chased" and to keep driving, which the driver did for a few minutes, before jumping out the window. At that point, the suspect "attempted to take control of the bus," but struck a utility pole moments later, police say. He was almost immediately apprehended by police -- before both the suspect and driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.