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Overloaded Knuckleboom Crane Collapses Near Penn Station

An overloaded boom truck crane collapsed after the excess weight it was carrying caused a pin to break, injuring the operator and shutting down 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues right outside of Penn Station on the night of Monday, March 18, 2019. 

Man Killed in Pelham Bay Hit and Run, Multiple Accidents in the Bronx

A 52-year-old man was killed by a dump truck in a hit and run accident in the Bronx, after reportedly fleeing the scene of another car crash which had occurred earlier that same morning. The fatality occurred near the intersection of Country Club Rd. and Mac Donough Pl. in Pelham Bay on March 12, 2019.

Fatal Falls Are at an All-Time High, and Other Workplace Fatality Trends

An all-time high 887 American workers were killed in fatal falls in 2017, according to a new report from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This record number of on-the-job fatalities represents a 4.48% increase from the 849 fatal falls recorded in 2016.

Woman Seriously Injured by School Bus While Crossing Queens Street

A woman trying to cross the street in Auburndale, Queens was struck and severely injured by a mini-school bus on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The accident occurred at around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Utopia Parkway and 46th Avenue.

The Most Dangerous Residential Streets in Your NYC Neighborhood

Most New Yorkers already know to be aware and careful when they're near the city's busiest roads, particularly ones that get frequently used by cyclists and pedestrians. In contrast to these busy, multi-lane intersections, it is easy to assume that quiet, residential roadways in your local neighborhood experience lower rates of traffic accidents.

However, a new report from Localize.city, a real estate website that looks to arm New York residents with critical information about different neighborhoods or boroughs they are considering moving to, highlights residential roads where pedestrians and cyclists suffer unusually high rates of traffic accidents.

Use the Dutch Reach to Save Cyclist Lives and Prevent Car Damage

Responsible motorists are keenly aware of the danger that other cars, trucks and motor vehicles pose on the road. It's obvious why you need to stop and look both ways when you come to a stop sign. Nobody needs to be reminded not to start accelerating when they are waiting at the red light of a four-way intersection. These dangers are obvious to any licensed driver with even a shred of personal responsibility.

What is less obvious is the danger created when a car door is opened in the path of oncoming bike riders. Particularly for people who commute to but don't live in New York City, it might not be obvious just how popular biking has become. Bike ridership in New York City has been trending upwards for more than 10 years, and to accommodate this trend the city added more than 20 miles of protected bike lanes in 2018, with plans to continue adding more bike lanes in the coming years.

68-Year-Old Woman Killed in School Bus Hit & Run in Castle Hill, Bronx

A 68-year-old woman was struck and killed by a school bus which drove away after the accident in the Bronx neighborhood of Castle Hill on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Police have not yet located the driver, nor confirmed if the accident was a hit-and-run, or if the driver was possibly unaware he had hit someone.