BEDFORD PARK, the Bronx (PIX11) — A boom truck toppled onto a Bedford Park street Tuesday morning, crushing a car and injuring one person, officials said.
The frightening incident unfolded around 10:35 a.m. near Jerome Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard, authorities said, though it was not immediately clear what caused the boom truck to fall or whether it too was occupied.
The heavy machinery landed on top of a car, officials said. Danielle Cruz, 22, was in the car when the boom truck toppled.
“If I would’ve been a few inches forward, they would have had a casualty on their hands,” she said.
She suffered minor injuries — just a busted lip, she said. Cruz was able to get out of the car as people ran over to help. She called her mom and the two returned to the scene later Tuesday after Cruz was treated a hospital.
Cruz is now planning to sue.
“That lawsuit is about to slap,” she said.
The FDNY evacuated the construction site associated with the boom truck out of an abundance of caution, pending an evaluation by the Department of Buildings. Prior to Tuesday’s incident, the DOB had most recently inspected the site in late August.
At the time, inspectors found one issue, not related to the boom truck. Inspectors on Tuesday found three other violations that also were not related to the boom truck. The DOB issued a partial work stop order.
FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief John Sarocco said the cause of the fall was under investigation. A DOB official said the boom truck was lifting a load of rebar when the arm failed.
PIX11 reached out multiple times to All State 12 General Contracting Corp., the general contractor for the 11-story building construction project. The company has not yet responded.