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Eight Injured after Garbage Truck Crashes in NY Deli

Tina Robinson2 years ago

A garbage truck crashed through a Brooklyn neighborhood deli early Friday morning, according to the New York Daily News, injuring eight people.

About the Brooklyn Garbage Truck Accident

The accident occurred at the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and Bedford Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. A Metropolitan Recycling truck was headed west on Dekalb Avenue when a black sedan ran a red light. The driver of the truck swerved and lost control of the vehicle, sending it crashing into the Gourmet Deli on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Authorities told reporters that eight people were taken to area hospitals, including Bellevue, King’s County, and Woodhull. Two of the injured included the drivers for both vehicles involved in the accident.

Officials from the Dept. of Buildings and the Office of Emergency Management were on the scene attempting to assess any structural damage to the building. Police were also investigating the crash.

Storefront Crash Statistics

A report on vehicle-into-building crashes published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute warns that these types of collisions are more common than most people think. The report concludes that:

  • Of all vehicle-into-building crashes, approximately 70% involve a vehicle crashing into a store, business, or restaurant.
  • About 41% of storefront collisions are the result of pedal error.
  • Between 1991 and 1995 there were about 1,500 crashes into 7-Eleven stores alone nationwide.
  • The minimum estimated cost of storefront collisions is $6.6 million annually. 


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