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06 October 2017

Weekly New York City Accident Report: October 6th, 2017

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In our weekly report on major accidents and legal news in New York City, we examine an accident which injured three pedestrians in Midtown Manhattan, a cyclist is killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn, Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for increased safety regulation for private buses, and two more construction workers are injured in an accident likely caused by safety violations.

Van Collides With 3 Pedestrians Near Penn Station

Three people were injured when they were struck by a van while crossing a street near Penn Station on Friday, September 29th. The accident happened near the intersection of 32nd Street and 7th Avenue in a busy section of Midtown Manhattan.

According to police, the car crash was a freak accident caused by the driver’s struck floormat – which prevented him from braking and stopping. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries in the accident.

Senator Chuck Schumer Calls For Improved Safety Regulations For Charter Buses

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called for charter buses to be graded for safety after a fatal collision between a charter bus and MTA bus left three dead and at least sixteen others injured in Flushing, Queens last week. An investigation uncovered that the charter bus driver had a marred driving record – including being fired from the MTA in 2015, multiple fatal bus crashes, and several speeding violations.

Approximately half of private bus companies have been issued federal safety violations. Schumer has also suggested that these companies should be required to make their safety grades available to the public. He’s one of many activists and local politicians who have called for increased safety regulation in this highly unregulated industry.

Driver Fatally Strikes Cyclist And Leaves Scene In Brooklyn

A 30-year-old man was struck and killed by a silver Infiniti as he was riding his bike in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on the morning of Saturday, September 28th.

The bicyclist was flung from his ride and landed roughly half a block away from the point of impact. Debris and evidence was scattered for almost an entire block surrounding the scene of the accident. The driver of the silver Infiniti fled the scene. Surveillance video showed that the vehicle was speeding when the accident occurred.

No arrests have been made yet and the accident is still being investigated.

2 Bronx Construction Workers Critically Injured In Fall From Scaffolding

A Bronx construction site became the latest scene of an accident involving construction worker injuries on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Two laborers plunged 20 feet through a piece of shabby scaffolding, suffering head and neck injuries after falling to the ground. one of the workers was listed in critical condition.

The two men worked for Ideal Masonry and were installing stone slabs on the outside of an apartment building on Third Ave. near E. 167th St when the accident happened.

The Buildings Department issued a partial work order to the site after an investigation revealed three safety violations: the scaffolding did not have end railings, it was not “fully planked”, and the workers on site did not have scaffolding training cards when asked to produce them.

This latest accident is one in a string of dozens which have shaken New York City’s construction industry over the past couple of years. Workers, advocacy groups, and elected officials have begun to demand that the industry makes changes to take worker safety more seriously.