Fatal Gowanus Expressway Accident

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NYPD Employee Killed After Tire Flies Off Truck, Smashes Into SUV Windshield On Gowanus Expressway

August 01, 2018 - 12:06 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A tire came off a private sanitation truck and smashed through the windshield of an SUV, killing the 64-year-old driver on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn.

It happened on the inbound side of the Gowanus near 7th Avenue just north of Fort Hamilton Parkway around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the victim, a maintenance worker at NYPD headquarters, was driving a Toyota RAV4 eastound on the Gowanus near Exit 3 when authorities said a tire "became unhinged" from a truck going westbound, striking the SUV and shattering its windshield. The SUV then crashed into a barrier.

The SUV driver was pronounced dead at a hospital.

There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The truck driver stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed yet.

The investigation blocked traffic for hours during the height of the morning commute. Follow WCBS Traffic on Twitter for the latest updates.