A dangerous New York accident involving a cement truck on Jan. 20 left one person dead and numerous others injured. The car accident happened at 6:21 p.m. at 1970 Cedar Avenue in University Heights. According to reports, a cement truck sped off the Major Deegan Expressway and onto Cedar Avenue, where it hit two cars and a three-story home.
The Major Deegan Expressway has a left turn near the accident scene. Witnesses said the cement truck didn’t make the turn but rather sped straight ahead onto nearby Cedar Avenue. One witness said the truck drove over grass and onto the street before hitting the two cars and the house. Police officials believe the driver suffered a heart attack and was unable to navigate the turn or stop the truck.
The driver of the truck died in the accident. Two passengers in the cars were taken to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital with serious injuries. Two other car passengers and a responding firefighter suffered minor injuries. Three people were in the house when the truck crashed into it. The woman and two boys inside were reportedly trapped in the back room. Firefighters and towing crews removed the truck from the home at approximately 9 p.m., at which point portions of the home crumbled to the ground.
Further investigation is expected to determine the true cause of the accident. Individuals who were hurt in the accident could consult with an attorney about filing a personal injury suit. Similarly, the homeowners may pursue compensation for the damage to their home. An experienced personal injury attorney could advise the victims of their legal options and represent them at trial or in settlement negotiations.
Source: CBS New York, “Cement Truck Crashes Into Bronx Building; Driver Killed“, January 20, 2014