Third car slams into barriers at Queensboro exit

Michael Gianaris

May 19, 2011

Queens Times Ledger spoke to Senator Gianaris about the accident that happened last weekend at Queensborough Plaza.

Yet another car smashed into a Long Island City commercial block early Saturday morning after careening down an off-ramp of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

The Volkswagen crashed into a line of concrete barriers along Queens Plaza South between Crescent and 27th streets that was installed by the city Department of Transportation after the second fatal crash at the same spot.

“This ongoing situation is intolerable and inexcusable,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said in a statement. The lawmaker held a news conference after the second accident to call on the city DOT to fix the off-ramp.

“Obviously, whatever safety measures DOT has taken failed to improve safety at this location,” he said. “For DOT to avoid responsibility and instead blame the drivers is unacceptable.”

The latest crash occurred at about 6 a.m., when the Volkswagen was traveling at a high rate of speed while exiting the bridge and hit the concrete barrier, landing on top of a livery cab and striking scaffolding meant to repair damage from the last crash, police said.

The driver and passenger of the Volkswagen were taken to Cornell Hospital with minor injuries, the livery cab driver and passenger were not injured.

Gianaris said the three accidents were no coincidence.

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