A garbage truck slammed into a building in Yonkers Monday evening, trapping the driver as the truck began leaking fuel, authorities say.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said a medical episode may have caused the driver to crash into the building on Neperhan Avenue, which houses a car service dispatch center, at about 8 p.m.
Business owner Bianca Rodriguez was inside the building at the time of the crash.
"I saw the dispatcher coming from the bathroom and she said, 'You have to come out, I smell gasoline,'" she said.
"At first I didn't know what to think. I was in total shock," she said.
The building was evacuated and the gas leak contained, but the truck driver had to be extricated, according to Yonkers Fire Deputy Chief of Personnel Thomas F. Fitzpatrick Jr.
The driver was taken to Jacobi Hospital.
Rodriguez said her secretary, who was seated close to the front of the building when the truck hit, also was injured and was taken to the hospital with bleeding from the nose and mouth.
Building officials responded to assess structural damage to the buidling, according to Fitzpatrick. Firefighters were also working to shore up the building.