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Eight Injured When Garbage Truck Crashes Through Store

Jun 20, 2014

A garbage truck crashed through the wall of a corner-store deli in Bedford-Stuyvesant Friday morning, injuring eight people.

A Metropolitan Recycling garbage truck was passing through a green light while heading westbound on Dekalb Ave. at Bedford Ave. when it swerved to avoid a black sedan which had run the red light at the intersection, the New York Daily News reported.

The swerve caused the driver of the garbage truck to lose control of the vehicle and smash through the store front of the open Gourmet Deli located on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The drivers of the two vehicles, and six additional people were taken to Bellevue, King’s County, and Woodhull Hospitals. All victims reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Mohamed Ali, 20, whose extended family has owned and lived above the bodega since 1983, told the Daily News his two cousins were working in the store at the time of the accident

“They were behind the cash register and the deli counter on the opposite side from where the truck hit - thank God,” said Ali told the Daily News. “The building shook for like five minutes ... I feel like my brain is flying.”

The deli suffered serious damage, but family of the owners said thy will do their best to rebuild. The Deptartment of Buildings and the Office of Emergency Management were on the scene determining the structural damage the building suffered and police were investigating the accident, the Daily News reported.

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