At Least 2 Nasty Accidents on Same Block This Week

by - June 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm -

cab pedestrianAmbulances have been a frequent presence on Amsterdam Avenue in the low 70’s in the past couple of days, with at least two serious car crashes occurring there.

Cars hit pedestrians twice on Monday, on Amsterdam Avenue at 70th and 71st Street. In the first instance, a man was hit by a cab at about 5:15 p.m. on 70th and Amsterdam and taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in serious condition. In the second, a woman was hit on 71st and Amsterdam at about 8:20 p.m. and taken to New York Hospital in “serious, if not worse” condition, the FDNY told us. Streetsblog has also reported on the crashes.

We also received a photo from a tipster this morning (below), purportedly of another crash at 71st and Broadway on Tuesday, although the FDNY did not have a record of that accident (it may actually have been the second Monday crash). The tipster wrote in: “This woman was face down on the ground for quite some time before the ambulance came. I thought she was dead.” (Update: our tipster confirms it was the Monday crash)

The intersection of Broadway and Amsterdam, which occurs between 71st and 72nd Streets, is a harrowing spot for pedestrians, and a recent report suggested redesigning it (possibly even installing speed bumps) to make it more pedestrian-friendly. Last year, this intersection was also the site of a taxi crash that injured three people. (Photos by Max Bernstein and tipster Sarah)

If you see a crash or other news event, snap a picture and let us know.

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