Jennifer Millman

Construction Truck Suddenly Falls on Its Side, Sending Crane-Like Boom Onto Parked Cars, Wall in Queens

What to Know

  • A construction truck suddenly flipped over as crews were using its boom to move beams at a site in Queens Wednesday
  • No injuries were reported, but the crane-like arm fell across several cars and partially damaged a wall of a nearby building
  • It's not clear why the truck fell; the Department of Buildings responded to the scene, in addition to fire crews and other personnel

A construction truck suddenly fell on its side as crews were using its boom to haul beams at a site in Queens Wednesday, sending the crane-like piece of machinery onto several parked cars and partially into a wall nearby, according to buildings officials and dramatic surveillance video from the scene. 

The exact size of the boom involved in the accident near 163rd Street and 46th Avenue in Flushing wasn't immediately clear, but department of building officials said it was being used to move a steel beam into place at a residential construction project when it fell. 

Surveillance footage showed the boom flinging into two cars and a wall at the construction site. City officials said no one was injured and the boom was uprighted by 5 p.m.

The city Department of Buildings chalked the accident up to operator error and said the contractor will be issued five citations following the acciddent. 

Contact Us