Livery Cab and Minivan Collide at Borough Park Gas Station

By DNAinfo Staff on May 8, 2012 10:17am

By Theodore Parisienne and Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo New York Staff

BOROUGH PARK — A minivan collided with a livery cab near a gas station in Borough Park Tuesday morning — coming dangerously close to smashing into gas pumps at the location, authorities and witnesses said.

The crash occurred near a Getty gas station at the corner of 59th Street and 18th Avenue about 7:15 a.m., FDNY officials said. It was not clear how the cab and Volkswagen van collided, but an employee of the gas station said the van hopped the curb and nearly struck a pump there.

“I heard a big bang," said Getty employee Bobby Cap of the incident, noting he saw the van swerve and narrowly miss the pump. “Thank God he stopped.”

A minivan and livery cab collided near a Getty gas station at the corner of 59th Street and 18th Avenue on Tues., May 8, 2012.
A minivan and livery cab collided near a Getty gas station at the corner of 59th Street and 18th Avenue on Tues., May 8, 2012.
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Capp explained that the two people in the van walked out of the vehicle and didn’t appear to be hurt, but that a person in the livery cab did have injuries and was taken away by an ambulance.

However, FDNY officials did not have a report of anyone being taken to a hospital.