Box Truck Strikes Utility Vehicle In Queens, Worker Killed
At some point, almost all of us have seen the vehicles on the side of roadways or at construction sites. These vehicles have a bucket that can support a man or two and lift them in the air while they make repairs to utility lines. It’s commonly called a cherry picker and as it turns out, that’s exactly what it was invented to do. Jay Eitel spent the summer of 1944 picking cherries by hand with a ladder. He decided there had to be a better way than constantly moving the ladder to get the cherries. At his home in California, he designed the first cherry picker and by 1953 he had established a company providing these vehicles to many utility companies looking for efficient ways of making their repairs.
CBS Local New York reports that a construction worker in a cherry picker was killed when a box truck struck the vehicle in Queens.
Surveillance video caught the horrifying moment that a box truck hit a cherry picker in Queens, sending a construction worker falling to his death. The incident happened at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning.
The 59-year-old male victim was standing inside his bucket when a tall box truck approached the intersection of Goldsmith Street and Grand Avenue in Elmhurst.
The impact of the box truck was so strong that it left the cherry picker cracked and dented. Neighbors say that the worker was fixing a traffic light on Grand Avenue when the truck came speeding towards the cherry picker.
The man inside the bucket was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he died from his injuries. He worked for Elsbach Electrical Corporation. Surveillance video showed that the flashing hazard lights on the vehicle were on. There were cones placed at the vehicle’s rear end.
The driver of the box truck remained on scene. So far, no charges have been filed. However, investigators are looking into whether all safety precautions were followed.