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Bicyclist dies after crashing into truck in Far Rockaway


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A bicyclist was killed Thursday evening after he struck the side view mirror of a U-Haul truck in Far Rockaway, authorities said.

The 61-year-old bike rider was traveling on Bayport Place, in the opposite direction of the one-way street, about 7:20 p.m. when he made a right turn onto Augustina Avenue and struck the driver’s side mirror of a Ford U-Haul truck that was at a stop sign.

EMS transported the victims, whose was pending family notification, to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The vehicle remained on the scene. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Train that hit truck in Maspeth was speeding: investigators


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THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The locomotive that crashed into a tractor-trailer at a Maspeth intersection on July 8 was traveling above the speed limit, and the man behind the switch could face disciplinary action, authorities reported.

The early-morning accident at the six-track railroad crossing on Maspeth Avenue near Rust Street caused the truck to burst into flames. The driver managed to escape with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Sources familiar with the investigation told The Courier on Tuesday that the train was moving at a minimum of 20 mph; the railroad speed limit for the area is 15 mph. Reportedly, the engineer operating the train is now facing disciplinary action.

Video of the accident obtained by The Courier shows the railroad crossing gates on Maspeth Avenue activated only at the moment of impact. A source familiar with the situation said the train’s faster speed may have delayed the gate’s activation.

But a union official, in a WABC-TV report on Tuesday, claimed one part of the gate “never comes down normally.”

New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA) President Paul Victor disagreed with notions that the gate malfunctioned, but conceded the Maspeth Avenue crossing’s design is flawed and requires improvement. The NYA reportedly asked the state Transportation Department to evaluate the signal system and the crossing’s logistics.

“Given the accident and the understanding that there have been other incidents there, it certainly makes logical sense to do an engineering evaluation of that crossing,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s a heavily trafficked route with lots of trucks and commercial traffic that goes back and forth. It’s a very unusual crossing.”

The crossing is part of the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk branch extension, which is leased exclusively to NYA west of Jamaica for its freight rail operations. Wednesday’s accident raised concerns among local residents regarding the safety at other at-grade railroad crossings along the line, such as the one on 88th Street in Glendale.

According to Community Board 5 Chairperson Vincent Arcuri, the rail switches activating the crossing gates at 88th Street are dependent upon train speed. When passenger trains operated on the Montauk branch west of Jamaica, the switches were located 300 feet away from the crossing because the trains moved at 40 mph.

With the line exclusively used for freight rail and all trains limited to 15 mph, the switches were relocated to within 10 to 20 feet of the crossing, he noted. Freight train operators were also instructed to slow down when coming to a crossing, then send a crew member out to check that the crossing gates were activated before proceeding.

This change, Arcuri said, makes drivers and pedestrians at the 88th Street crossing especially “nervous,” as they can see the train very close to the crossing well before the gates are activated.

“The LIRR decided when they stopped the two passenger train runs to abandon the passenger line and turn it over [to NYA] as a freight line so they didn’t have to upgrade the signal system,” he added. The board has requested that the LIRR move the signal switch further back at 88th Street and other local at-grade crossings for safety’s sake.

Arcuri, however, claimed the freight signal system in place on the Montauk line is similar to that used on the Bushwick branch of the LIRR — which links up to the Montauk line — and other freight rail systems across the U.S. for generations.

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Driver injured after train strikes truck in Maspeth


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo by Robert Stridiron

The driver of a tractor-trailer was hospitalized after his rig was struck by a train at a Maspeth railroad crossing early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Police said the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. in the area of Maspeth Avenue and Rust Street.

Reportedly, the New York and Atlantic Railway engine was traveling eastbound when it hit the truck that was on the four-track crossing on Maspeth Avenue. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames.

Officers from the 104th Precinct along with EMS and Fire Department units responded to the scene. The truck driver was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition; no other injuries were reported.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Pedestrian critically injured in chain-reaction crash at Queens Village fruit stand


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Anthony Giudice

One person was seriously injured after a wild accident in Queens Village Friday morning involving a school bus, truck and fruit stand, according to authorities.

The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard, near the southern end of the Clearview Expressway.

Police said a school bus with nearly 30 children on board suddenly lost control and struck a Penske truck parked outside the New Giant Farm fruit store at 211-14 Hillside Ave.

The impact caused the truck to mount the sidewalk and strike the fruit stand, causing structural damage to the building and an awning to collapse onto a pedestrian.

Paramedics brought the injured pedestrian to a local hospital in critical condition.

The children on board the bus were removed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center for observation, police said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Three men in serious condition after car gets wedged under truck in East Elmhurst


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Photo via Twitter/@TrafficAdvisory

Three men were seriously injured early Friday morning when their car crashed and became wedged underneath the rear of a tractor trailer in East Elmhurst, according to police.

The black Volkswagen, holding a 19-year-old driver and his two passengers, was heading eastbound on Astoria Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a truck near 111th Street and got stuck under the back end of the trailer, cops said.

The driver and passengers were removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The driver and a 19-year-old passenger were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, and a 31-year-old passenger was taken to New York Hospital Queens, police said. All three men are still listed in serious condition.

The truck driver was not injured and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to police.

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Large oil spill shuts down part of Kissena Boulevard


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos via 109th Precinct/Twitter

A slick mess was created on Kissena Boulevard Saturday afternoon when a truck spilled oil on the Flushing roadway, according to authorities.

Fire officials and police responded to the spill near Franklin Avenue about 1 p.m., the FDNY said. The Sanitation Department then had to be called to clean up the oil.

The accident closed about a three-block stretch of Kissena Boulevard for at least an hour, according to officials.

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It was not immediately clear what kind of truck or oil was involved in the spill or exactly how the substance got on the street.

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Suspect stole $8K from truck parked on Astoria street: cops


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man stole thousands in cash from a truck while the driver was making a delivery in Astoria last month, police said.

The suspect broke into the vehicle at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The 25-year-old driver parked the Hino truck on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street and was making a delivery to an area business when the suspect took $8,000 from the vehicle’s center console, authorities said.

Police said the suspect was wearing eyeglasses a knit hat and a blue sweatshirt at the time of the break-in.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Six hurt after truck crashes into Forest Hills bagel store


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos via Twitter/@NYPD112Pct

Updated 3:16 p.m.

Six people were injured Wednesday morning after a truck crashed into a Forest Hills bagel shop, according to authorities.

At about 10 a.m. a yellow box truck went into Bagels For You, located at 113-29 Queens Blvd., after it struck a parked car, police said.

Five victims, who suffered minor injuries, were taken to Jamaica Hospital and New York Hospital of Queens, the FDNY said. A sixth person, who was also hurt, refused medical attention at the scene.

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The driver was not injured in the crash, according to CBS New York, but those hurt did reportedly include a baby and several adults who were in the store and on the sidewalk.

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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Damage to the bagel shop included the store’s front structure, along with a destroyed awning, a smashed refrigerator, and ripped pipes, lights and an air conditioner.

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

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Pedestrian struck, killed by truck in Woodhaven


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A man was killed when a truck fatally hit him at a Woodhaven intersection Wednesday afternoon, cops said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was crossing Atlantic Avenue at 85th Street about 3:40 p.m. when he was struck, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, a 53-year-old man, remained at the scene and the NYPD is still investigating the accident, according to police.

 

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