A construction accident in New York late last month was a close call for workers refurbishing an apartment building located at 235 West 79th Street. A parapet on top of the roof collapsed, sending tons of brick tumbling got the ground below. The bricks smashed through a scaffolding set up to give workers access to upper levels and rained down on a cordoned-off area around the side of the building. Parts of the scaffolding also became unsecured and fell as well, adding to the dangerous projectiles. The falling objects finally smashed through a shed on the property but thankfully no one was injured.
A bizarre crosswalk accident in New York, Manhattan's Lower East Side, injured three elderly pedestrians on the morning of August 28th. The women were crossing South Street, near Rutgers Slip, early in the morning when a 2010 Volvo crashed into the group.
A controversial new report shows that the increase in correction officer related inmate assaults in New York City (specifically at the Riker's Island prison) is directly correlated to the two-fold increase of injury claims filed by inmates against the Department of Corrections. The comptroller's office's data positively linked the 114% increase in violence over the last five years to the increase of inmates with mental health issues and the use (or misuse) of solitary confinement and questionable tactics many call abuse.
Two construction workers were rushed to the hospital after a bizarre elevator accident in New York City. The accident occurred in West Village on August 6th. The men were travelling in an elevator at an apartment complex located at 56 West 11th Street in Greenhich Village when the elevator cables suddenly snapped. The car briefly plummeted before becoming jammed in the shaft between the eighth and ninth floors.
An early evening apartment fire in Manhattan claimed the life of a 15-year old girl and injured 2 other residents. 10 firefighters were also injured while fighting the blaze but were reported as having non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.
A 73-year old man from Manhattan drowned earlier this month when he fell out of a boat on the Croton Falls reservoir. The early afternoon boating accident in New York drew attention from surrounding counties as 8 rescue and public safety agencies responded to the call for help. Putnam County officials first reported that the man, John Scales, was in a boat with 82-year old Joe Gay (also of New York City) when the boat capsized tossing both men into the water. However, it now appears that Mr. Scales fell from the seat while fishing.
An early morning motorcycle accident in Manhattan involving an ambulance claimed the life of a 44-year old biker late last month. The accident occurred at 9:30 at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 97th Street on the Upper East Side when the victim's Yahama slammed into the side of a New York-Presbyterian ambulance. The shocking motorcycle accident left witnesses in horror as the ambulance rolled over the motorcyclist, leaving his head (at least partially) under the tire.
Eric Gardner died after a NYPD officer apparently put him in a chokehold. The whole thing was caught on camera by a bystander. Now, this instance of alleged police brutality in New York City has spurred at least one City official to call for body cams for all NYPD officers to prevent other instances of excessive force in New York.
A New York bus accident on a busy Manhattan street last month caused quite a commotion. A tour bus with 44 passengers inside went off the road after running over a pothole and smashed into scaffolding on West 41st Street. While there were no serious injuries, victims were trapped inside the bus because the scaffolding had partially collapsed over the motor coach. When emergency services arrived, they carefully extracted the passengers through the windows of the bus.
A New York City taxi accident sent an elderly pedestrian to the hospital earlier this month. The 83-year old woman was struck while walking her bicycle along a stretch of Columbus Circle. She was actually pinned under the cab until a group of bystanders banded together and lifted the vehicle-a 2012 Ford Escape hybrid SUV-off her. First responders say their quick thinking saved the woman's life.