November 2017 Archives

School Bus Accident Leaves Several Injured

School bus accidents in New York City are rare; however, there are roughly 60 per day nationwide. But when a collision happens or a bus leaves the roadway our most vulnerable population (our children) is placed in grave danger. That's a reality that several parents are facing this week after a school bus plowed through the guardrail on a New Jersey highway in Essex County. The bus, travelling on Route 280, slammed into the guardrail at speed and came to a stop half in and half out of the travel lane.

6 Construction Workers Injured When Roof Collapses in Brooklyn

A construction accident in Brooklyn left six workers injured earlier this month. The men were working inside a vacant building which was undergoing extensive renovation when the roof of the apartment collapsed. The roof was fully loaded with cinder blocks and other building materials at the time it caved in. The weight of the debris came crashing down, smashing through every floor of the three-story building until finally coming to a stop in the basement. The collapse of cement, wood, and metal turned the interior of the apartment into a giant sinkhole.

Pedestrian Accident in The Bronx Leaves 2 Injured

A terrible pedestrian accident in The Bronx sent two people to the hospital late last month. The victims, one adult and one child, were crossing the street near 1610 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights early on the afternoon of October 26th when a car smashed into them. FDNY arrived on scene within minutes and rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. One of the victims was listed in serious condition. The other was listed as critical.

Truck Accident in Residential Neighborhood Highlights Danger of Mobile Cranes

A scary truck accident in a single family home's driveway last month shined a light on just how dangerous mobile truck-based booms can be especially when in the hands of inexperienced operators. Usually crane accidents in NYC involve lost loads or toppling booms at construction sites. However, there are thousands of smaller, truck-based cranes in the city that are used to deliver construction materials, reach rooves of smaller homes, or de-limb trees. Truck accidents in New York City involving these small cranes are rare but can be devastating.

Two Women Injured in Dog Attack in Long Island

Two women were severely injured in a vicious dog attack in Long Island earlier this month. One of the victims was walking her small dog on a leash along the sidewalk when two larger dogs broke free from a home and attacked it. The smaller dog's owner tried to fend off the large animals and was bitten in the process. The victim suffered several lacerations and had a portion of her ear bitten clean off. Eyewitnesses report that she was simply "covered in blood."

False Arrest Case in New York City Results in $12 Million Settlement

A man who spent 25 years in prison after being falsely arrested in New York and convicted of a crime he didn't commit has won a $12 million settlement from the City of New York. Andre Hatchett, now 51-years old, was convicted of murder in 1991 and sentenced to a lengthy prison term. He and his lawyers argued at the time that he wasn't physically capable of committing the murder as he was recovering from severe injuries at the time the killing took place. Andre was wrongfully found guilty and sentenced.

Deadly Fall From Heights in New York Kills Installation Technician

A construction worker was killed earlier this month in a deadly fall from heights in Corona. The 60-year old man was installing the roof unit of a solar system on top of an apartment building when he slipped and fell to the pavement below. The victim was rushed to nearby Elmhurst Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Building Façade Collapse in the Bronx Leaves One Critically Injured

One person was rushed to the hospital after a partial facade collapse in the Bronx late last month. The unnamed victim was walking along a stretch of sidewalk which passed beneath a building at 391 E. 149th Street at the time of the accident. Witnesses report seeing a large piece of the building's façade break free from a decorative section of molding near the roof and fall from a height of at least six stories before smashing into the sidewalk below.

Construction Accident in Queens Traps Worker under Falling Equipment

A terrifying construction accident in New York City left one worker trapped under a small front-end loader at a jobsite in Queens late last month. The individual was working at the future home of a subway ventilation installation located on Northern Boulevard in Queens near the intersection of 46th Street when a piece of machinery (a Bobcat) fell on top of him. The victim was pinned underneath the machine and his fellow workers were unable to rescue him. A NYFD team of responders arrived within minutes and performed a difficult "high-angle" rescue requiring ropes, taking nearly a half an hour to safely remove the injured worker.

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