More on the Fatal National Guard Truck Accident Yesterday

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Yesterday afternoon, a National Guard supply truck fatally struck an elderly man in the intersection of Canal and Centre Streets. One Boogie reader witnessed the incident, and sent along this eyewitness report and gruesome photo.

The National Guard/Army ran over and most likely killed a man on Canal St. (Chinatown) betw. Centre St. and Lafayette St at around 1:15 today (November 6th).

A convoy of 10 or so trucks were barreling down Canal St. I saw them run one red light, and I think it’s pretty safe to say they ran the previous red light as well.

The man who was killed looked to be in his 40s or 50s, and judging by the Chinese language newspapers he was carrying, he was probably Asian.

His body was halfway under one of the truck tires and it looked like the back of his head got smashed into the asphalt after he was hit. Blood everywhere.

EMS arrived in about 7 minutes, tore off his shirt to try to give him CPR. They put his neck in a neck brace, so I’m assuming his neck was broken. After around five minutes they stopped giving him CPR and his body was going into convulsions.

It was pretty clear the NYPD was trying to clear all of the witnesses away. They made everyone leave the sidewalk (we weren’t blocking foot traffic, so it was actually legal to stand there). They said they were going to spray down the street and we would get wet if we stood there. This never actually happened, no one got wet.

Apparently, this convoy was conducting a resupply mission in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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