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Seven people — including two children — were hospitalized on Thursday morning following a devastating six-car pileup on Flatbush Avenue outside the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Witnesses said the carnage began at 8:43 am when a speeding SUV plowed into the back of a queue of cars approaching Grand Army Plaza, sparking a domino-style smashup that left a half-dozen mangled cars scattered across the thoroughfare.

Motorists involved in the smash-up were taken completely by surprise.

“The light at Grand Army Plaza had just turned red. We were slowing down when this SUV came out of nowhere,” recalled motorist Jamal Bacchus, whose Nissan Morano was totaled during the accident. “It was like a chain reaction.”

Firefighters and paramedics spent the next hour butchering the twisted vehicles to free trapped motorists. In one case, the entire top of a car had to be removed to aid an injured driver.

An FDNY spokesman said that five adults and two children were removed to Kings County and New York Methodist hospitals with a smattering of minor injuries. No arrests had been made by late Thursday.

It is unclear whether the accident had any connection to a widely attended pro-bicycle rally which drew 250 people to Grand Army Plaza at around the same time. The accident and the rally were on opposite sides of Grand Army Plaza, but it is rare for so many people to be gathered at that hour on a weekday, so it is likely that traffic flow was affected.

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

M from GP says:
Meanwhile, some Prospect Park West naysayers want to return that street to an expressway.
Oct. 22, 2010, 6:31 am
Ch from Bh says:
Every road in Brooklyn should have a Prospect Park West-like bike lane on it. Two-way, Separated with parked cars...might save more lives and calm everyone down.

Cars are killers and we Brooklynites don't seem capable of driving responsibly.
Oct. 22, 2010, 6:57 am
Mike says:
How on earth could a northbound crash be caused by a rally on a southbound street across the park? That doesn't pass the smell test.
Oct. 22, 2010, 8:06 am
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
"It is unclear whether the accident had any connection to a widely attended pro-bicycle rally which drew 250 people to Grand Army Plaza at around the same time. The accident and the rally were on opposite sides of Grand Army Plaza, but it is rare for so many people to be gathered at that hour on a weekday, so it is likely that traffic flow was affected."

C'mon, Brooklyn Paper! You're better than that. At 8:43 a.m., everyone demonstrating in favor of TRAFFIC CALMING on Brooklyn's streets were at Prospect Park West and Carroll Street, not in Grand Army Plaza.

The crash had nothing to do with people advocating for safer streets, and everything to do with excessive speed. We don't know if the driver was on his cell phone, or texting, or putting on mascara, or having a seizure, but we DO know that it had nothing to do with people rallying for cars to slow down.
Oct. 22, 2010, 8:08 am
Matt from Park slope says:
Wow, I called 311 about construction in this area on Monday. There were no crosswalk markings, so cars didn't know where to stop and people didn't know where to cross.

But whatever. It was probably the bike lane supporters. Unreal that you would print that.
Oct. 22, 2010, 10:05 am
chris mcnally from crown heights says:
BK Paper CHECK YOUR FACTS!
Oct. 22, 2010, 10:06 am
chris mcnally from crown heights says:
My comment was unfinished...

My camera shows protesters leaving the GAP area at 8:25 to move the rally to Carol St. By 8:43, when the accident took place, there would be no one left at GAP to 'distract' the SUV driver such that he/she would plow into stopped traffic. Perhaps the driver's cell phone records would tell you the true story.

Oct. 22, 2010, 10:11 am
eliot from park slope says:
What the hell is with that last paragraph? This reasoning defies common sense and simple geography.
Oct. 22, 2010, 11:36 am
Eddie Mazz from Bay Ridge says:
The Accident had Nothing to do with the rally's, The inpatient driver was traveling North on Flatbush Ave.
Here's the accident in a nutshell, I left the rally a bit early, had to go to work, While waiting for the light at GAP across the street from the library. Suddenly I hear the crunch metal, I look to my right, I see this SUV white lining it while tacking out Car after car after car! It was such the sight! In my personal option the driver got inpatient and decided to create a third lane Between the two traffic lanes, I saw No damage to Any parked cars only Cars in the traffic lanes. And by my clock the accident happened at 8:41am the rally was already ending around 8:30am but people were still milling about...
Oct. 22, 2010, 6:11 pm
BB from PLG says:
Brooklyn Paper, I take this route M-F by bus to Atlantic Avenue. A large cue of vehicles waiting at the light at Grand Army Plaza between 8-9am is very normal. I have to agree with the previous comments regarding the bike lane protest.

Please do a follow up story and tell us what caused the driver of the suv to crash and cause so much damage. Was it a medical condition or was it reckless driving?
Oct. 23, 2010, 9:50 pm
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
How about the accident having something to do with a speeding vehicle trying to make a light w zero regard for others (a common sight at Grand Army Plaza unfortunately) instead of the bike protest that's far from where this occurred and has absolutely nothing to do with this?
Oct. 24, 2010, 10:35 am
Mike from Maspeth says:
Is Tom Tracy a stringer reporter, too? Because a professional reporter would never indulge in that last, incredibly stupid sentence. Maybe in the NY Post, but...oh. Never mind, I keep forgetting that you guys ARE the NY Post!
Oct. 24, 2010, 10:26 pm

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