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Heart-stopping crash in Canarsie • Brooklyn Paper

Heart-stopping crash in Canarsie

Totalled: A van, a car, and a truck collided at E. 100th Street and Foster Avenue on Jan. 31.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A heart attack clogged one of Canarsie’s major arteries on Jan. 31.

Authorities said a livery van driver suffered a coronary at the wheel of his Econoline, sideswiped a BMW sedan, and then plowed into the back of a double-parked bagel delivery truck at the corner of East 100th Street and Foster Avenue.

Police sources said they got the call about the accident at 2:31 pm, and arrived to find the intersection a disaster zone — with the 36-year-old van driver unconscious and pinned amid wreckage in the destroyed cab of his vehicle. Fire Department medics removed the man and transported him to Brookdale Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

FDNY said one other person was taken to the medical center in an unspecified condition. The truck was unoccupied at the time of the crash, and the van was empty except for the driver.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Three-way: Early reports indicate that the van sideswiped a black BMW, then plowed into the back of the double-parked delivery truck.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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