Brooklyn Heights

Giant crane falls off truck at BQE entrance in Brooklyn Heights

"It was a mess"

December 12, 2022 Mary Frost
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A large crane fell off a truck as it was moving up the Atlantic Avenue ramp to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) during the morning rush on Monday, according to Linda DeRosa, president of the Willowtown Association.

Willowtown is a distinctive sub-neighborhood tucked into the southwest section of Brooklyn Heights, ringed on the west by the BQE and the south by the Atlantic Avenue entrance to the BQE. 

“It was a mess, probably still a mess,” said DeRosa told the Brooklyn Eagle around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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Tim Hoenig, a board member of the Willowtown Association, took photos of the giant crane and the workers struggling to right it.  

Photo courtesy of Tim Hoenig, Willowtown Association

It is unknown whether there was any damage or injuries caused by the crash. New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) did not comment, referring the Eagle to Emergency Services for further information. NYPD did not respond to a request for information by press time. Check back for updates. 

DOT traffic cams showed traffic had eased substantially by 2:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Tim Hoenig, Willowtown Association

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