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Troy Evans Dies After Construction Shaft Fall in FIDI

In a troubling incident on Friday, September 18, 2020, security guard Troy Evans died after falling six stories into an underground construction shaft. The incident was reported at around 2:00 p.m. at 1 Wall Street in Manhattan. The 55-year-old was inside the partially-constructed building when he fell six stories through a ventilator duct shaft into the sub-basement. 

Two Workers Saved by FDNY After UWS Scaffold Collapse

A pair of construction workers are grateful to be alive after the scaffold they were working on collapsed, leaving them dangling 10 stories above the sidewalk on the Upper West Side. On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a call for two workers at the corner of 78th and Broadway clinging for their lives. 

Driver Dies After Being Rear-Ended by Cement Truck in Queens

On Saturday, September 12, a rear-end collision tragically took a driver's life in Queens. The unidentified driver of a Ford Fusion was driving on South Conduit Avenue in Laurelton when he passed a cement truck. According to an NYPD spokesperson, the cement truck then rear-ended the vehicle, causing the car to lose control and slam into a pole near the intersection of South Conduit Avenue and 232nd Street.  

N.J. Transit 156 Bus Crash Near Lincoln Tunnel, At Least 14 Injured

A Saturday morning in New York City turned tragic when a serious bus crash harmed at least 14 people, one critically. The incident occurred near Lincoln Tunnel at around 9:30 a.m. on August 29, 2020. An N.J. Transit 156 line bus was en route to Port Authority from Fort Lee when it crashed into a barrier on a ramp at 39th Street and Ninth Avenue, according to the Fire Department.

Stolen SUV Crashes Into MTA Bus in Brooklyn, Injuring Many

A stolen vehicle was the cause of a frightening multi-vehicle crash involving an MTA bus in Brooklyn on Thursday, August 13, 2020. It all happened at approximately 6:00 p.m. at the intersection of East 87th Street and Avenue M in Canarsie, when a stolen car sped through a stop sign, slamming into a B103 bus. This caused the bus to crash into another SUV, wedging it between a tree. Over a dozen people were injured in the three-vehicle crash, including the driver of the vehicle that the MTA bus slammed into, two teens in the stolen car, nine passengers on the bus, and the driver of the bus, according to the MTA. All were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

BOM Achieves #1 Verdict, Top Results in NYLJ's Annual Report

Block O'Toole & Murphy attained a record-breaking verdict of $110,174,972--the number one verdict in all of New York State--as well as the top second and third settlements ($11,500,000 and $11,000,000), as listed in the New York Law Journal's recently-released 2019 Top Verdicts and Settlements report. Overall, with published and unpublished results considered, the firm recovered over $250,000,000 on behalf of their injured clients in 2019. 

Tragic Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills Bronx Mother and Children

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on the night of Sunday, August 2, 2020, a tractor-trailer rear-ended a Bronx family's car as they were driving home from vacation on the New York State Thruway, outside the town of Ulster. The mother, 47-year-old Zulika Salim, and two of her children, 10-year-old Justin Gayapersad and 14-year-old Chelsea Gayapersad, were sitting in the backseat at the time of the crash and sadly passed away as a result of the accident.

Construction Worker Seriously Injured in Fall at UES Townhouse

On Monday August 3, 2020, an unidentified construction worker was seriously injured when he fell through a plank and into the cellar of an Upper East Side townhouse. Workers were demolishing part of the interior at 1083 Fifth Ave. at approximately 8:00 a.m. when the incident occurred. The worker was taken to a nearby hospital; according to the FDNY, his injuries are serious but not life-threatening.  

Oumar Ba Injured in Crown Heights Building Façade Collapse

Illegal building work is to blame in a Brooklyn building façade collapse that left a man with a fractured skull. On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Oumar Ba was walking by a Crown Heights grocery store when video surveillance captured debris and bricks falling on top of the 39-year-old father of two, leaving him unconscious. Bystanders who witnessed the incident, which occurred at 1412 St. John's Place near Utica Ave., rushed to help. Ba was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition, with a fracture to his skull and injuries to his ribs and shoulder.

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