NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A car crashed into a row of stores at the foot of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge on Saturday, marking the third time it’s happened in the last few months.

The rash of accidents has prompted demands for changes to the traffic patterns, reports CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

“They have to do something to stop the accidents,” Matthew Hyde said.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan has more on the crash from Long Island City.

It was the area’s third major car accident in the exact same spot, all within the past six weeks, at the off-ramp from the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City.

The latest accident, which occurred early Saturday morning, landed two men in the hospital with minor injuries – but that wasn’t the case in the two previous crashes.

In March, a 68-year-old man was struck by a car as it hit a nearby business, dying right on the sidewalk. Nine days later, a passenger was killed when a driver lost control, slamming into the same building.

Saturday’s accident left nearby business owners and residents rattled.

“The employees are all scared,” one deli owner said.

“It’s like the new Queens Boulevard, I guess,” a resident said.

People said the accidents all started happening when construction began in the area. The Department of Transportation said that after the NYPD completes its investigation into this latest accident, they’ll determine whether changes need to be made.

The DOT added rumble strips at the end of the ramp to get drivers to slow down, and added several speed limit signs along the ramp as well.

“There’s too much going wrong, and there’s too much of a chance that someone else could die,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said.

Councilman Van Bramer, along with several other legislators, wrote a letter to the DOT calling on the department to do a complete safety review of all Queensboro Bridge off-ramps.

“If we know that some people are going to go faster than they should, this exit ramp has to be safe enough,” Councilman Van Bramer said.

In an ironic twist, each of the cars involved in the crashes were Volkswagens.

When called for comment, a Volkswagen spokeswoman said she was sad to hear about the accidents. She said that Volkswagen had not received any complaints, but that they were looking into the crashes.

Comments (19)
  1. RichieT says:

    To many drivers totally ignore the driving laws in this city. The police see it and ignore it. It’s to much trouble. I was crossing Easter parkway in Brooklyn about three weeks ago. I had the cross walk sign . I was not crossing against the light. A car turning from Fulton street, onto Eastern Parkway, It’s actually a road, that’s it’s name, brushed against my pants at about 40 mph. I was 3/4 of the way across the road when it happened.. (it’s four lanes) If i was three inches further into the crosswalk. I’d probably be dead. How many times do you see people actually use a turn signal? They can’t be bothered.

  2. Chizuko says:

    That was scary 🙁 poor Volkswagen

  3. Dale Auburn says:

    “Students receiving an in-school or out-of-school suspension after April 1 for any reason would not be allowed to attend the prom,” Headmaster Smith said Thursday.

    In other words, he would have gotten ONLY the suspension if he had done that in March. However, since he did it after April 1, that same offense gets an additional punishment. How is that logical?

  4. Dale Auburn says:

    “The DOT added rumble strips at the end of the ramp to get drivers to slow down, and added several speed limit signs along the ramp as well.”

    That isn’t enough. It’s still the government’s fault that some folks aren’t willing to drive legally or safely. Maybe DOT needs to actually drive their cars for them.

  5. Sally Rogers says:

    I’ve driven that outer roadway everyday for 4 years. I’d like to blame the Ed Koch curse, but truth be told, it’s the drivers fault. Unless you are recklessly speeding down that ramp; you are not going to lose control like these three cars. Cameras installed would tell the real story. I go a little faster than I should and there is always some idiot on my tail flashing their lights driving shamelessly behind me. The DOT design off that bridge from the lower level and outer roadway is idiotic, but its not the reason these guys are crashing.

  6. Jeff R says:

    What do you expect with a nazi car, named by hitler.

  7. Howie Sprague says:

    “A car crashed into a row of stores at the foot of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge”. There was no problem until the renamed it for Ed Koch. It’s Koch’s fault!!!

  8. justpassinthru says:

    OMG! it’s the Curse of The Ed Koch Bridge!!!

  9. carlrosen says:

    Common sense solution: A series of speed bumps, and concrete obstacles.

  10. N Rodriguez says:

    For the last couple of weeks I’ve been watching the way drivers come off the ramp, and it’s a miracle that there has only been three accidents. the construction is NOT at fault. The drivers are 100% negligent. Maybe a camara should be installed

  11. al says:

    democrats can’t drive

  12. 2cnets says:

    google vw gti and find a racing game where the goal is to catch as much air as possible. Maybe word is out that this ramp brings the game to reality?

  13. Delmore I. Schwartz says:

    It’s the karma of Ed Koch’s Ego ,death and mayhem.

  14. steve says:

    speeding is at falt………………

  15. pugphan says:

    For more than 30 yrs I’ve been using that exit and never once had an incident, and so have so many countless others. You cannot come off the bridge there faster than 15 to 20 MPH. Methinks these ijits are speeding. Perhaps speed bumps will
    wake them up. smokersodysseycom

  16. Mike says:

    Three Volkswagon crashes in the same spot in just two months? It could be a design flaw in the vehicle itself where if certain road conditions at certain speeds are met it causes the vehicles to lose control. I find it highly unlikely that all three crashes were simply human error but stranger things have happened. It would be interesting to know whether the other two Volkswagons were of the same model as this latest one. At least Volkswagon is looking into it anyway.

  17. Eddie says:

    Obviously they need to get rid of that S turn and keep the flow of traffic going straight. Very poorly designed area, they’ve used concrete slabs as landscape which would surely destroy a car & possibly kill someone. What a waste of money with that whole construction project.

    1. RichieT says:

      They DON’T need to change the road. People need to stop speeding PERIOD!!!

  18. Nick L 9075 says:

    Speed as well as texting on Iphones or Blackberry likely played a role. You don’t need an investigation & study to determine that stupidity was the likely culprit. You aren’t supposed to exit at 60MPH and it isn’t really the best time to be updating your facebook status

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