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Scaffolding plummets onto Downtown street after driver smashes into structure

Crash scene: A driver was left unscathed after his truck jumped the curb and smashed into scaffolding at Cadman Plaza West near Clark Street on Tuesday afternoon.
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Scaffolding outside a Downtown building came crashing down on Tuesday, after a man smashed his sport-utility vehicle into the temporary wooden-and-metal structure on Cadman Plaza West, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

The motorist jumped the curb and drove onto the sidewalk along the Tillary Street–bound side of the road, before crashing into the scaffolding, which collapsed onto his car near Clark Street just after 2 pm, the spokesman said.

Roughly two dozen firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene, cordoning off the street and assisting the driver, who emerged from his vehicle unscathed, and refused medical attention, authorities said.

The driver allegedly told police that he was asleep in his parked car when the scaffolding fell on it, according to a bystander who didn’t see the incident occur, but claimed she heard the man telling police what happened after she was forced to evacuate her bus due to the crash.

“We were on the bus and the driver was with the cops. We heard him say that he was parked in his car asleep when the scaffolding fell on him, but it doesn’t look like that,” said Billi Martin.

But Martin questioned the driver’s account, especially considering most motorists know better than to park their cars on a sidewalk.

“If you were parked, you wouldn’t be parked on the sidewalk underneath the scaffolding where people walk,” she said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@schnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, January 16, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Tyler from pps says:
I'm impressed by the use of the active voice and driver agency.... practice makes perfect! I hope this become hard baked in the editorial requirements of all such writing.
Jan. 16, 11:23 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Another self entitled motorist on a rampage! They were probably mad that their free parking space was taken. Ban all personal vehicles and take away free parking in NYC!
Jan. 16, 8:42 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Should have dragged the attempted murderer out of his killing machine and curb stomped him to death.
Jan. 16, 11:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
To the dooshbag pretending to be Vision Zero from Zero Vision, I agree with you 100%!
Jan. 16, 11:22 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Personally I find this another example of what you get when you keep taking lanes away from taxpaying motorists and give them away free of charge to social-loafing streetsblogger bike zealots (many of whom don't have a full time job) and pedestrains (ditto). it is like populating the armies defending England against the Spanish Armada with toddler and cripples. Also, then there is less money to go towards repairs as motorists can't get to work. The problem is not the sport utility driver. The problem is society, and the hamassing of motorists.
Jan. 22, 1:21 pm

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