Crash course! W’burg corner is collision central • Brooklyn Paper

Crash course! W’burg corner is collision central

Tread lightly: A cyclist negotiates the scene of a crash at the intersection where trucks and cyclists share shoulder space and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway traffic hits surface streets.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

It’s a busy corner all right.

A minivan and a sedan slammed into each other on Monday afternoon at Flushing and Classon avenues where a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway exit ramp crosses a truck- and bicycle-route. The intersection sees nearly one crash every two weeks, according to city data, and the workers at the aptly named Busy Corner deli, which sits on the Williamsburg corner, have a front-row view of all the mayhem. One said that the rate of collisions is even higher than police reports indicate.

“There’s an accident here like every week,” said Jimmy Lou, who works in the deli and said the 1:30 pm Monday crash was the second of the day. “It’s definitely dangerous.”

The latter smash-up sent the sedan careening onto a sidewalk and snarled car and bike traffic.

Fire and police officials said they had no record of the earlier crash.

The crossroads saw 23 collisions in 2013, according to NYPD data compiled by the website New York City Crashmapper.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.

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