2013-06-07 / Top Stories

Crash On Rockaway Freeway

By Dan Guarino


A Nissan Altima and an Infiniti collided under the elevated subway trestle on Rockaway Freeway. Neither driver sustained serious injuries. Photo by Dan Guarino. A Nissan Altima and an Infiniti collided under the elevated subway trestle on Rockaway Freeway. Neither driver sustained serious injuries. Photo by Dan Guarino. Traffic on Rockaway Freeway was detoured after a two car collision closed off the westbound lane shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th.

Two police units as well as four FDNY units, including two ambulances, rapidly responded to the scene of the accident just under the subway el at the intersection of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 90th Street. The two cars involved were a late model silver gray Nissan Altima and late model silver gray Infiniti.

The Infiniti, which appeared to be headed westbound, was struck on the driver’s side door and also sustained heavy front end damage where it careened into a light pole. The steel lamp post was knocked off its base, and both the driver’s front airbag and the passenger’s side airbags were inflated.

Witnesses reported that the front bumper of the Altima, which appeared to be headed north out of Beach 90th Street, ended up on the sidewalk several yards from the collision.

The car also suffered heavy front end damage, and the fire departcontinued ment sanded under both vehicles to mitigate leaking gas and other fluids.

Police at the scene reported that neither driver was seriously injured and were able to walk to the waiting ambulances. Both were transported to local hospitals for examination.

Several drivers passing through noted the steel and concrete supports for the subway overhead obstructed visibility and created several blind spots along the Freeway. One woman noted that hazardous situations often occurred when drivers attempted to cross the roadway heading towards Beach Channel Drive.

She stated she had witnessed a similar accident near the same location several weeks earlier.

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