Oh truck! Big rig crashes on Flatbush Avenue

The swerve: An ambulance speeding through an intersection with its emergency lights blaring sent this truck swerving into and over a barrier on Flatbush Avenue at Myrtle Avenue on Nov. 5.
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The driver of a huge truck crashed into a Flatbush Avenue road barrier Downtown on Thursday, after swerving to avoid an ambulance speeding through a red light — narrowly missing a pedestrian standing in shock at a nearby crosswalk, according to the driver.

“He just stood there,” said Moses Acevedo, who drives the now-wrecked truck for Crown Container.

Acevedo had a green light as he was heading past Myrtle Avenue in the direction of Dumbo around midday, when the ambulance screeched through the intersection with its emergency lights flashing, sending the truck driver careening to make way, he said.

The fire department responded to a call to assist, where it found Acevedo’s truck on top of a barrier, blocking Fort Greene-bound traffic along Myrtle Avenue, and leaking fuel onto the street.

Firefighters at the scene said that the leaking liquid wasn’t in danger of inciting a blaze, but it sure was slippery, and several pedestrians were seen stumbling across the greasy ground.

New York’s Bravest did what they could to mitigate the slick by tossing sand across the road.

No one was injured in the accident.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Chris from BedStuy says:
Wonder what stopping distance of that truck is at 25mph?
Nov. 6, 2015, 9:32 am
AMH from East Harlem says:
Thank goodness for that barrier. What a huge truck.
Nov. 6, 2015, 11:19 am
Philip from Astoria says:
Gotta wonder why the caption to the photo faults the ambulance, an emergency vehicle, for following protocol with its lights and sirens on. How was the truck driver unable to see or hear the ambulance? Was his radio up too high? Was he wearing earbuds while driving? Is he, possibly, deaf? Aside from actually being deaf, there's no excuse for this man to not have heard the sirens and waited till it was safe to clear the intersection. Luckily for the pedestrians, the DOT realized how dangerous drivers are in this city and built up a protective wall in the center median to guard against injury/death.
Nov. 7, 2015, 9:30 am
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
The streets are too narrow and crowded to allow trucks in Brooklyn. Ban them now. We have cargo bikes for a reason.
Nov. 7, 2015, 12:19 pm
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Damn bike lanes.
Nov. 7, 2015, 2:56 pm
NativeNYer from All says:
That intersection is indeed too narrow for a large truck that carries dumpsters. That being said I doubt that the ambulance was "speeding through the intersection" as the author of this article wrote. They slow down at every intersection to make sure things like this don't happen. I wonder if this was caused by an inattentive truck driver.
Nov. 7, 2015, 4:22 pm

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