Speeding car slams into DOT truck and cab in Murray Hill, critically injuring two
Highway officers investigate an accident on 34th St. and Third Ave. in Manhattan early Wednesday morning. (Vic Nicastro/for New York Daily News)
BY Sarah Gabrielli Adam Shrier Thomas Tracy
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 3:27 PM
A speeding Honda slammed into a city Department of Transportation tractor-trailer in Murray Hill early Wednesday, sparking a massive crash that sent three people to the hospital — two in critical condition.
The Honda was speeding north on Third Ave. about 2:30 a.m. when it struck the front cab of the large Mack truck.
The force of the impact obliterated the Honda, witnesses said. A yellow cab parked near the intersection was also damaged in the collision.
Witnesses said the Honda had just blown a red light when it was nearly flattened.
“The semi truck hit it and pretty much ran over it,” said Larry Washington, 30, a porter at a nearby hotel. “(The Honda) was crushed. The police ... they had to cut the top of the car off.”
Medics rushed the driver and the passenger of the Honda to Bellevue Hospital, where they were in critical but stable condition.
The Honda was speeding north on Third Ave. about 2:30 a.m. when it struck the front cab of the large Mack truck. (Vic Nicastro/for New York Daily News)
A cabbie sitting in the taxi when it was struck was taken to New York University Langone Medical Center with serious injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, cops said.
Murray Hill resident Kavita Sapra, 56, woke up to see the carnage from her window.
“I see the top of the car and the truck,” she said. “It was all mangled, flattened on the street.”
“They have poor regulations here,” Sapra said about driving regulations in Murray Hill. “Drivers get confused. I'm not surprised (by the accident).” Charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the Honda, a police source said.
MURRAY HILL, NY – A sedan speeding on Third Avenue got into a nasty accident with a Department of Transportation truck, injuring several people early Wednesday in Murray Hill, police said.
The Honda Civic blew at least one red light while driving north toward 34th Street, where a city truck passing under a green light hit the sedan, cops said.
The Civic and a nearby parked taxi were sent hurtling 300 feet, according to the NYPD.
The driver of the sedan was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and was revived, the Daily News reported.
A passenger in the Civic and the drivers of the truck and the cab were treated for minor injuries at NYU Medical Center and released, cops said.
Authorities added that investigators would determine the speed the Civic was driving at the time of the crash.
“[The] Honda was going at least a hundred miles an hour — running red lights, going uptown on Third — when he got to the corner of 34th, the truck had the green light and just ran right into the Honda,” a witness told the New York Post.