Garbage truck overturns, lands on 3 cars in Brooklyn chain reaction crash

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A city street sweeper and private garbage truck collided early Wednesday, causing a chain reaction crash at a Brooklyn intersection, police said.

The incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. on the corner of Nostrand and Flushing avenues in Williamsburg.


Police said a total of 10 cars were involved in the accident - including parked cars -- after the garbage truck overturned and landed on three cars in its path. Five other cars were also struck in the process.

There were contradicting accounts from both drivers. The street sweeper says he was struck by the private garbage truck, while the private garbage truck says he was struck by the street sweeper from a sudden U-turn.

Both drivers were transported for back pain to Woodhull Hospital and fortunately, there were no other injuries.

"I'm just happy nobody was crossing the street," resident Randy Bello said. "If someone was crossing, especially with trucks, that would definitely not be good."

The Department of Sanitation released a statement on the incident:

We can confirm there was an incident at Flushing and Nostrand Aves this morning. Our Sanitation Worker involved received a minor shoulder injury, and he has since been treated and released from the hospital. Our Safety office responded to the scene, and their investigation continues.

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