Van damn! Camper collapses in Clinton Hill after driver crashes into cars

Van damn! Camper collapses in Clinton Hill after driver crashes into cars
Backing down: The despondent owner of the campervan, which imploded after he crashed into several other cars at Park and CLinton avenues.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A Clinton Hill man lost his home and his vehicle in one hit on Thursday when he crashed his 1998 Pathfinder Sport into several cars and the entire camper collapsed onto the street.

The driver — a spacey Swiss man sporting a tie-dyed T-shirt with a picture of a cat on it — was turning left from Vanderbilt Avenue to the Bedford-Stuyvesant-bound side of Park Avenue at around 1 pm when he hit a 2015 Infiniti and a 2016 Hyundai, causing the back of his ramshackle mobile home to cave in, witnesses told ace photographer Paul Martinka, who captured the aftermath.

The man said he lives in the van under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and was still hoping to save the mobile home’s roof, Martinka said. The gent he did not have a license or identification, and the van did not have any plates.

The Police Department says officers slapped him with three summonses, but couldn’t say what they were for.

The crumpled camper blocked traffic on that block of Park Avenue’s lanes for at least three hours while authorities and drivers waited for tow trucks to cart away it and one of the damaged cars, which was also in pretty gnarly shape, Martinka said.

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