Sep 8, 2017
Runaway Truck on Kingston Ave

Drivers and pedestrians were horrified to see a truck barrel towards oncoming traffic on Kingston Avenue on Friday morning.

By COLlive reporter

A truck without a driver began rolling backwards down Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights on Friday morning, in what could have been a major disaster.

At approximately 9:30 am, a large truck which had been parked on Kingston Avenue between Carroll and Crown Streets suddenly began to roll backwards into traffic.

Drivers and pedestrians nearby were horrified to see the truck barrel towards oncoming traffic and crash into a passing minivan before coming to a stop.

When onlookers ran towards the front of the truck, they noticed there was no driver in the driver's seat.

Thankfully, the passengers in the minivan - including a young child - were unharmed.

As passersby gathered around the truck, a fire truck came up Kingston Avenue, sirens blaring, but could not get through.

Firefighters placed a brick under the truck's back wheel so as to keep the truck from moving again.

The driver soon arrived at the scene to move the truck.

"if not for the truck hitting the minivan, it could have hit a pedestrian, or crashed into a storefront, causing G-d forbid injuries, major damage, or even worse," a passerby told COLlive.

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Totally irresponsible
Ironic that the truck has a picture of a hammer. no mention if the driver was a fellow yid. If so time to sit him down and go over Hilchos nezikin.

(9/8/2017 11:52:32 AM)
all saved bc of the Chai Elul sig in the pic
Mazik birshus harabim....
(9/8/2017 12:40:24 PM)
to nu. one. its elul look for zchusim.unless you know the situation personally think of it as a human error which we are all capable of and thank hashem for a miraculous end.kvt to all
(9/8/2017 1:01:53 PM)
To # 1
1st of all try to think how many times you were mazik someone's property.
2nd of all why does it matter if he's a yid or not.
And finally why are you assuming a police report wasn't filed as is done at every accident (unless you were there and witnessed it, which I don't think so based on your clueless comment)
(9/8/2017 2:07:24 PM)
nissei nissim
thank you Hashem
(9/8/2017 3:20:11 PM)
Not quit. Must have been going pretty slowly. Please be careful- wheels should be turned so vehicle rolls to curb, not into traffic or down a hill. And engage the parking brake, even for just a minute. A pedestrian could have been seriously hurt.
(9/8/2017 4:30:45 PM)
To #4
I am of a personal belief that there are no accidents, just reckless drivers. Of course that excludes someone getting hit by a drunk or stupid driver but we are all responsible for what we do.

In todays day and age we tend to excuse the inexcusable, and my point is to try to make people aware that we have a big responsibility behind a wheel.

I agree with #6 that when parking on a hil there are rules such as turning your wheels so that if the brakes fail the car rolls into the curb and stops.

Too many people such as yourself excuse the lack of care people take. I taught my kids to look 5 times before crossing the road. We need to teach our kids to be more responsible and 75% of vehicle accidents could be avoided. This is not just prudent, it is Torah.

Are you going to tell me when there is a fire and people die that having no smoke detectors is no big deal ? The Torah makes it an aveirah just to OWN a shaky ladder, never mind to use it.
(9/11/2017 11:21:37 AM)
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