Several Emergency Responders Came To The Scene Of A Multi-Vehicle Accident Amid The Corvid-19 Pandemic
The news has been full of COVID-19 related stories lately, many of them concentrating on how medical resources have been overwhelmed as hospitals, firefighters, paramedics, and EMS crews are all feeling increasing pressure. In New York, as many as 150 firefighters and EMS workers have been quarantined, contributing to stressors from being understaffed, overworked, and under-protected. The Fire Department changed its guidelines for quarantining staff members, requiring exposed workers to still come in for duty, so long as they are asymptomatic. However, as the pandemic continues, many are beginning to wonder if the overwhelmed emergency responders will have to be selective, choosing which emergency calls to respond to.
NYC Streetsblog reports that speed demons have sent two people to already overwhelmed hospitals.
The NYPD stated that the driver of an SUV was speeding down Ocean Parkway at around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The SUV slammed into another car that had been heading east on Avenue U. The impact of the collision caused the Honda to flip multiple times, causing it to collide with two additional vehicles. One of those vehicles ended up striking a fifth vehicle.
Two people suffered from minor injuries and were taken to separate hospitals. At least a half-dozen emergency responders came to the scene of the accident. These same emergency responders are already pressured to keep up with the growing number of COVID-19 patients.
In an eight-day period in March, New York City’s speed violation cameras spit out 83,478 violations. This is only 8% lower than an eight-day period in January when there were tens to hundreds of thousands more vehicles on the roadways.
Mayor de Blasio urged New York drivers to slow down after hearing of the news, stating that the city’s hospitals were unable to handle more patients.
Police are still investigating the crash. No citations have been issued.