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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Dead, Several Injured After Taxi Hits Bus Stop

The livery cab struck a bus stop on West Kingsbridge Road (Photo: David Greene)

One man died and eight other people were injured yesterday morning when a livery cab collided with a minivan, and then smashed into a bus stop.

Police and fire rescue teams were called to West Kingsbridge Road, between University Avenue and Web Avenue, at around 11 a.m. Several victims were briefly trapped under the wreckage and debris from the glass bus stop, which partially came down on top of the victims.

Police said that seven pedestrians were struck, including a 76-year old man who was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Barnabas Hospital. He's been named as Marcelino Adraneda, a Bronx resident.

There were other serious injuries. A 40-year-old woman's leg was severed, and a 71-year-old woman suffered trauma to the head, and had her right leg crushed.

The driver of the livery cab, registered to "First Class" car service, was removed to Jacobi Hospital with contusions and abrasions, but was expected to recover. He has not been charged with a crime.

The driver of the minivan was given a Breathalyzer test on the scene and later taken into police custody. He has been issued a summons for making an illegal U-Turn, the authorities say, which led to the accident.

Pedro Jaquez, 33, a resident of Fordham who was working a few doors away, recalled, "The bench was dislodged and it flew and hit other people. It was horrible."

The investigation is ongoing.

Article by David Greene


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