Sunday, August 5, 2012

Car Plunges Off Maj. Deegan Expressway Into Mill Pond Park

Lucky Day. A mangled car being removed from Mill Pond Park after it jumped the guardrail of the Major Deegan Expressway and landed below. Miraculously no one died. (Photo: Gary Miller) Click on image to enlarge.


By Geoffrey Croft

A car lost control on the Maj. Deegan Expressway early yesterday morning and plunged 50 feet into a park, narrowly missing landing on a tennis building, A Walk In The Park has learned.

The driver and passengers miraculously survived.

(Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)

At approximately 6:40am a black Toyota Hybrid was traveling southbound on the Deegan when it lost control and went over the guardrail and landed in Mill Pond Park along the Harlem River not far from Yankee Stadium.

The car landed at the park's entrance on Exterior Street at 155th Street a few feet from the Tennis House, the historic 25800-square-foot Power House building that was converted into the tennis facility as part of the $ 64 million renovation and building of Mill Pond Park.

Multiple emergency responders arrived at the scene including FDNY, EMS, ESU, and highway police.

No one had to be extricated from the wreckage and only one of the passengers was brought to the hospital. The victim was brought conscious to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition according to an FDNY official.

On the way down the car hit a lampost mounted on the side of the Major Deegan. It landed in a landscaped area near the entrance of the park.

Shattered windshield glass litters a park path after the accident.

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