A car struck a cyclist and smashed through a wooden fence surrounding a Coney Island Avenue construction site before plummeting into a 30-foot deep ditch, said rescuers who are amazed that the woman survived.
FDNY officials said the motorist and the cyclist both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
According to published reports, the woman tried to swerve away from the cyclist — who was biking down the wrong side of the street — then lost control of her blue Toyota SUV.
Witnesses said the woman hit two delivery trucks and a parked car before plunging through the plywood barrier.
“There was a loud noise, and everyone turned to look,” Omar Porcayo, a worker at the Pomegranate supermarket across the street told the New York Times. “I ran over and saw construction workers pulling her out. Everyone was amazed.”Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.
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