6 Hurt When Garbage Truck Slams Into Brooklyn Deli: NYPD

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NBC 4 New York

At least 6 people were hurt when a garbage truck slammed into a 24-hour deli on a Brooklyn street corner early Friday, police say.

The truck, owned by Metropolitan Recycling, was heading west on DeKalb Avenue near Bedford Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 2 a.m. when another car ran a red light at Bedford Avenue, police say. The truck driver swerved to avoid the vehicle, but careened into the deli.

The crash caused heavy damage, punching a hole in the brick facade. The front of the truck could be seen inside the deli, with shelves and appliances toppled over.

Six people were taken to area hospitals with injuries; all of them are expected to survive.

The deli owner's brother, Mohamed Abdo, was in bed at an apartment above the deli and said he was awakened by the impact, which was "like an earthquake." He said his brother was inside the deli with another employee at the time and both were apparently hit by debris. The car didn't hit them.

"They could have been hit, but God does everything," Abdo said.

The building that houses the deli and one next door were both evacuated Friday morning while emergency crews worked to dislodge the truck. After the vehicle was pulled from the building, residents were allowed back into their homes.

The drivers of both the truck and the other vehicle were at the scene when authorities arrived.

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the Metropolitan Recycling for comment.

--Tracie Strahan contributed to this report.

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