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Truck Crash Sends Debris Onto Street at Grand Central Terminal

By Tom Liddy | July 31, 2012 5:36pm | Updated on August 1, 2012 10:04pm

MANHATTAN — A truck smashed into a guardrail just outside Grand Central Terminal Tuesday afternoon, sending debris raining onto the street below at the start of rush hour, officials said.

According to sources, the truck was navigating a turn on the Park Avenue overpass, near Pershing Square, when it smacked into the guardrail at 4:15 p.m.

No one was hurt, the FDNY said.

Joseph Herbert, who was driving the truck when the crash occurred, was issued five summonses for violations including excessive length of tractor and trailer, using an off-truck route and having unsecure cargo, police said.

Herbert told the Daily News he was hauling municipal waste from Long Island to Ohio and got turned around in Manhattan.

Grand Central station.
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“I was trying to get out of the city,” Herbert said.

“Nobody got hurt,” he added. “That’s all I got to worry about.”