Two on-duty sanitation workers were beaten by three men who were overcome by road rage, police say.
The workers were making their usual rounds near Highland Place and Ridgewood Avenue in Cypress Hills Wednesday evening when a white van came to a halt near their truck, police said.
That's when the brazen trio hopped out of the van to confront the Department of Sanitation employees.
"Why the f--k did you cut me off?" yelled one of the men as the tree men began to beat the garbagemen, including with brass knuckles. The suspects then jumped back into the van and took off, authorities said.
A 53-year-old worker suffered cuts to his face and ear, while a 39-year-old was left with a split lip and a cut above his right eye, cops said.
Paramedics rushed the garbagemen to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where they were treated and released.
Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia visited the victims in the hospital Wednesday night. She said she was "outraged" at the brutal attack.
"I am outraged that two dedicated Sanitation Workers who were only trying to make our city safe and clean were brutally attacked by several assailants who then fled the scene," she said in a statement. "I know that NYPD is actively pursuing the attackers and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, which could result in felony charges."
No arrests have been made.