January 11, 2024 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death? Crane crushes car


You must be living right, or incredibly lucky, or it just wasn’t your time . . . when a crane falls, crushes the car you’re driving and, yet, you somehow survive.

You can see from the car/crane Yahoo News image* just how fortunate the driver of that car was. The Yahoo article reports, “It’s not hard to find all manner of “that looked expensive” construction equipment failure videos online, and many times it’s a stretch to believe anyone could survive what often look like total disasters. One New York woman found herself on the business end of such a failure earlier this week when a construction crane collapsed, crushing her Ford Focus hatchback.”

Watch the YouTube video of the crane accident:

Writer Chris Teague, Yahoo News, reports that “Danielle Cruz was waiting at a traffic light on Tuesday when a boom crane arm snapped and came down on her car. Film of the incident is clear and dramatic, and makes it appear that the car is completely smashed in front. Cruz had stopped in the exact right spot to avoid death, it seems, because she escaped with only a minor hand injury and a cut lip. FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief John Sarracco told ABC7  that she was ‘going to be just fine.’”

Photo and content source: Yahoo News, Autoblog: “NYC driver escapes with minor injuries as crane crushes car,” September 21, 2022, by Chris Teague.

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