Friday, May 10, 2019
Updated: Sidewalk bridge collapses at explosion site on 2nd Avenue; box truck culprit, witnesses say
[Photos by Steven]
The recently erected sidewalk bridge on Second Avenue at Seventh Street collapsed this afternoon around 4:20, according to witnesses.
Updated: Workers on the scene said that the collapse occurred after a box truck collided with the sidewalk bridge. (One EVG reader said that a car had cut off the truck, causing it to swerve and collide with the sidewalk bridge.) There aren't any reports of injuries, which is amazing given the time of day on a nice spring afternoon. (Last summer and early fall, this was the site of a traveler-crustie camp site that led to tabloid headlines.)
Work started in January here on a seven-floor residential building with 21 condo units and ground-floor retail. Work had recently reached the second floor.
An explosion — due to an illegal gas system — on March 26, 2015, leveled three buildings, killing two men and injuring more than 20 others. The landlord of the former 119 and 121 Second Ave. and two others are still awaiting a trial date.
Thanks to Steven for the photos from the scene. And to Edmund John Dunn for an early alert about the collapse.
Workers have replaced the sidewalk bridge...