Bicycle courier left in critical condition after being crushed by falling tree
Nov 17 2015
A deliveryman for a Chinese restaurant is in critical condition after a tree that was being cut down by New York City workers fell on him. The victim was in the middle of a delivery from the popular local restaurant, Ling Gee.
"(The tree) hit him directly on the head", recounted a man who works at the nearby Red Hook West Houses and did not want to be identified.
The deliveryman was riding a bicycle with bags of food when the tree landed on him in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn on Monday. "It was a horrible scene, I couldn't believe what I just saw". The victim is presently hospitalized in critical condition.
"The guy with the flag was waving for him to stop but it was too late", the witness said.
We've reached out to the Parks Department for comment, and will update this story when we receive a response.
The crumpled bike could still be seen in the park following the incident
The New York Police and Parks Department officials said a contractor was cutting down trees which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the time. "There is no further immediate danger to the public".
The parks department issued a statement saying, in part: "Our thoughts are with the individual injured in this unfortunate accident". "NYC Parks is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident".