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Investigators say the driver of a cement pump truck died after plowing into a three-story Bronx home, causing the building to partially collapse. Brynn Gingras reports.
The driver of a cement pump truck died after plowing into a three-story house off the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx Monday night, causing the building to partially collapse, authorities say.
The truck crashed into the home at 1970 Cedar Ave. in University Heights about 6:20 p.m., according to the FDNY.
Firefighters tried to extricate the driver, who was trapped in the cab, authorities said. But he died on impact, authorities say.
It's not clear why the truck veered off an expressway exit and slammed into the rowhouse.
Witnesses nearby said it appeared the truck was moving quickly off the exit and that the driver was honking his horn just before he careened into the home.
"I was standing by my car when the truck came zooming past," said one witness. "He smashed straight into the house."
The FDNY was reporting four people were hurt, two with serious injuries and two minor. A firefighter also sustained minor injuries. They were all taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Two families, comprised of four adults and two children in total, were displaced by the crash. The Red Cross said it was helping the families with emergency housing.