In our bi-weekly Queens accident and legal news report, we take a look at yet another Queens construction accident, a police cadet getting struck and dragged by a garbage truck, an incident involving a tree falling onto a school bus, and an 8-figure settlement awarded to the widow of a fatal work accident.
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2 Construction Workers Injured When Wall Collapses In Queens
Two construction workers were injured on Saturday, October 28th when a wall collapsed inside a Queens recycling plant. The wall collapsed onto a Mack truck inside Royal Waste Services on Hollis Ave. near Jamaica Ave. at around 7:15 a.m. Parts of the plant were undergoing renovation at the time.
The two construction workers were injured by falling debris – including one with a broken ankle and the other with relatively minor injuries. Both workers were taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The Department of Buildings issued a partial vacate order for the building after the FDNY asked them to do a structural stability inspection.
8 Children Injured After Tree Falls On Queens School Bus
Eight kids and three adults were injured when a tree fell and crushed a school bus in Queens on Monday, October 30th. The accident occurred at around 8 a.m. at 67 Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
The accident is believed to be related to inclement weather from Sunday night. Fortunately, all injuries were minor.
Police Cadet Struck And Dragged By Garbage Truck In Queens
An NYPD recruit was injured after being struck and dragged by a sanitation truck in Queens on Monday, October 30th. The 35-year-old woman was crossing the street at the corner of 28th Avenue and Ulmer Street in College point at around 6 a.m. when a truck traveling east on 28th Avenue struck her while turning onto Ulmer.
The recruit was on her way to the academy for the day and was dragged a short distance before freeing herself from the vehicle. The driver continued driving and left the scene. According to police, it’s possible he or she was unaware that they’d struck someone.
The woman was brought to New York Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition.
Widow Of Sanitation Worker Killed By Street Sweeper Awarded $41.5 Million
The widow of a Department of Sanitation employee who was crushed to death in a street sweeper accident $41.5 million in a negligence lawsuit against the city on Tuesday, October 31st.
According to the victim’s wrongful death lawsuit, a negligent co-worker was at fault for causing the accident. The co-worker allegedly took his foot off the brake pedal without putting his vehicle in park, which caused the street sweeper to roll and eventually pin the 43-year-old victim against a wall inside the garage.
The jury awarded the man’s family $40 million for future economic losses, as the victim was preparing to retire from the Sanitation Department and become a financial planner. Another $1.5 million was awarded for conscious pain and suffering, as he was alive for 2-3 minutes before succumbing to his injuries.
The city has announced that they will attempt to get the award amount reduced.