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Bishop’s Crook lamp post may have spared lives in Brooklyn Heights car crash

March 12, 2018 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This GMC Envoy smashed into an early 20th century style "bishop's crook"  lamp post on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights at roughly 1:15 p.m. on Monday. Photos by Mary Frost
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A man driving a gray 2005 GMC Envoy smashed into an early 20th century style “bishop’s crook”  lamp post, leaving it tilting precariously, on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights at roughly 1:15 p.m. on Monday. 

Pedestrians filled the sidewalk near TD Bank during the busy lunch hour.

“Thank goodness he ran into the lamp post,” a man working outside at that time told the Brooklyn Eagle. “If he had driven onto the sidewalk he might have killed someone.” 

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While a witness said that the driver, who was conscious and speaking, was removed to an ambulance on a stretcher, an NYPD officer on the scene said there were no injuries.  

If so, the driver was extremely lucky. The windshield of the car directly above the steering wheel was cracked in a large-spider-web pattern.

An NYU Langone ambulance and several police cars were on the scene. Because of fears that the crazily-tilting lamp post would fall down completely, a nearby newsstand was evacuated and a section of the sidewalk was taped off. 

An official NYPD report was not available at news time. Check back for updates.

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