One Construction Worker Is In Critical Condition After A Rear-End Collision
With nearly 2.8 million rear-end collisions reported every year in the United States, these collisions are the most common type of collision. They account for 28% of all car crashes annually. Rear-end collisions are also responsible for approximately 950,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Some primary causes of rear-end collisions include distraction by devices like cellphones, road construction, and reduced speed areas. Another major factor in rear-end collisions is a driver’s indiscretion in keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, being unable to make a sudden stop. Rear-end collisions can cause an assortment of injuries, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, and nerve damage.
The New York Daily News reports that a crash on New York’s RFK Bridge has left construction workers hospitalized, one with critical injuries.
The crash occurred on the RFK Bridge at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday morning as construction crews prepared to work.
The construction crew had parked their vehicle when a moving company van slammed into the back of their flatbed truck. Two workers identified as a 44-year-old and a 55-year old were standing on the back of the flatbed. They were thrown into the roadway.
The younger of the two men was taken to Elmhurst hospital with critical injuries. The older worker was listed in serious condition.
A 38-year-old female that had been driving the flatbed truck and two other workers were also injured.
A 25-year-old man that was driving the box truck remained at the scene. No charges have been filed as of yet.