Close Call For Rockaway Freeway Motorist
A woman waiting at a red light beneath Rockaway Freeway at Beach 98 Street probably saw her life flash before her eyes on Tuesday afternoon when a large chunk of concrete fell less than two feet away from her car, eyewitnesses at the scene told The Wave.
The unidentified woman left the scene, after the chunk of concrete fell directly in the crosswalk of Beach 98 Street as the train began rolling over the elevated tracks above her. People at the scene were stunned at how close the concrete came to striking the car or someone who could have been walking in the crosswalk. The section of elevated tracks has been in disrepair for years. The MTA is currently reinforcing loose sections of concrete and installing new steel beams where necessary. This section above the crosswalk is exposed with the new steel beams visible and many in the neighborhood feel the concrete might be loosened by the drilling to install the new framework.
“They should put a safety net up there when they are not working,” a nearby resident, who was working in his front yard at the time, said. “She was nearly killed.”
The MTA failed to comment by press time.
Falling concrete beneath the Rockaway Freeway is nothing new. Incidents have been reported at least once per year since 2006. The rehabilitation currently in progress, the MTA has said in the past, will stabilize the concrete structure and prevent incidents like this from happening in the future. Time will tell.