Several Injured in Multi-Car Crash at Manhattan Bridge Updated 4 hrs ago
CHINATOWN — Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon when a cement truck driver leaving the Manhattan Bridge lost control and plowed into six cars before mounting the sidewalk, authorities and witnesses said.
Eight people were injured, including two who were in serious condition, in the crash, which ocurred at the corner of the Bowery and Canal Street at about 12:50 p.m., a fire department spokesman said.
The most seriously injured were taken to Bellevue Hopsital.
"I was so scared," said a witness, who asked to be identified by her first name Pansy. "I had just walked up the sidewalk, coming to work. And, boom, that truck slammed into the cars.”
She said it looked as though the truck's brakes had malfunctioned.
The truck, operated by a company called Concrete Quick, smashed into the storefront windows of H.t. Wireless at 145 Canal St.
John Chan, the owner of H.t. Wireless said he and five other employees were in the store when the cement truck shattered his window.
"I saw smoke in tha air and oil spilling on the ground," Chan said. "Luckily, [the truck] didn't explode."
Chan and other witnesses said neighborhood residents have pleaded with the city to install signs and traffic lights to slow traffic at the base of the Manhattan Bridge.
Too many speeding motorists come off the bridge and have a hard time negotiating narrow streets, they said.
"This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. We’ve had many accidents, many people have been hurt," said one resident who did not witness the accident and only identified himself as Mr. So.Read more: http://dnainfo.com/20091111/manhattan/several-injured-multicar-crash-at-manhattan-bridge#ixzz0WbtYGSZm