Concrete Truck Plows Into Canal Street Sidewalk, Injuring Eight

Canal_St_accident_11Nov09.jpgPhoto: Matt Hogan.

Eight people were injured this afternoon after a concrete truck careened into the sidewalk on the one-block diagonal linking Canal Street to the Bowery.

Vehicles exiting the Manhattan Bridge have turned this block, often teeming with people waiting for the Fung Wah Bus, into a constant danger zone. Here’s what an employee at the jewelry store across the street told the Tribeca Trib:

"Ever since I was a kid, trucks come flying off the bridge," he said. "It’s at least three or four times a year, this happens, and it’s
always these trucks. They fly right off that thing like there’s no
tomorrow."

After 10 years at the store, John said he no longer
ventures across the intersection for his lunch for fear of becoming the
next casualty.

Update: Reader Matt Hogan informs us that the truck bed was packed with what looked like 50-pound bags of cement at the time of the crash. The rear of the vehicle is outfitted with an apparatus for mixing and pouring out concrete.

  • Don’t tell me.

    Just an unfortunate “accident”.

  • Gwin

    Andy B: yes, exactly. And it’s not the first time there’s been an accident at this very location… I’m pretty sure one of the Fung Wahs were involved in an incident here too in the last few years.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    It strikes me as weird that we never see an advocacy organization standing at the scenes of crashes like these saying: This needs to stop. We need Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioners Kelly and Sadik-Khan to take steps to ensure that this doesn’t continue to happen in NYC. This is unacceptable. The city needs to do a better job of protecting its citizens from out of control motorists.

  • Gwin – A Fung Wah bus was smashed forward into a lampost, but the Fung Wah bus was just parked there and something hit it from behind.

  • MrManhattan

    Is it just me, or is the name on the door “(Something) QUICK” and the word “SPEED” is written on the side?

  • Liam
  • J. Mork

    Bollards, dammit!

  • Brooklyn

    Bollards wouldn’t have done jack in this case, Mork — unsightly, turnpike-guage reinforced jersey barriers, maybe. I can’t even guess what that truck weighed, but it was well-north of 20,000lbs.

  • Doug

    From Liam’s article last year:

    “The dump truck was operated of CPQ Freight System, based in East Rutherford, N.J., traveled from the Manhattan Bridge…”

    I wonder why he chose to go that way…

  • J. Mork

    How fast was it going?

    [A company] has introduced a line of sidewalk bollards that require less than a foot of foundation depth. The bollards have been crash-tested and certified by the U.S. Department of State at the K4 level, withstanding 15,000 pounds at 30 miles per hour. Other models protect at speeds of 40 and 50 miles per hour.

    (http://www.securitymanagement.com/marketplace/product/bollards)

    Even if a bollard would have only slowed it down, it could save lives. These type are probably expensive, but how many crashes do we need in this one spot before something is done?

  • Omri

    With bollards, Brooklyn, those 8 folks would still have been hit, but they would have been hit by a slower moving truck. And that makes a HUGE difference.

  • zach

    Speed hump!

  • Otto Huber

    “We need Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioners Kelly and Sadik-Khan to take steps to ensure that this doesn’t continue to happen in NYC. This is unacceptable. The city needs to do a better job of protecting its citizens from out of control motorists.”

    The guy’s brakes failed. What the hell are Bloomberg and S-K supposed to do, hand out new brake pads to motorists? I had a simlar incident happen to me. My brakes failed and I had to stop my car by yanking the parking brake with all my might. I stopped the car but not after hitting 3 cars and a few shopping carts in the Costco parking lot. I was banged up a little, no one else was hurt. It’s rare but it happens. Scared the hell out of me.

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