Video footage shows that the intoxicated driver attempted to flee from the scene after causing rampant wreckage. Many people believe it was a “miracle” that nobody was harmed. Around 5:30 in the morning on Saturday, the driver of the heavy truck lost control and struck a series of parked cars, trees, and ended up damaging a home.
The chaos took place on “60th Street between 18th and 19th Avenues,” and it was not only cars that were plowed into. A street sign met its end, as did a few trees, before the truck crashed into a house. Nine cars parked on the street “were totaled.” In fact, a “white minivan was even left on top of another vehicle, crushing a blue car underneath.”
“(It) was something I’ve never even seen in the movies,” confessed Angelica Abuin after she watched the accident unfold.
Brooklyn resident Anthony Castaldo, 40, at last, came to rest with his truck after he hit a house belonging to an unidentified (though likely very unhappy) woman. From there, he leaped out of the Viking Sanitation truck and began to run from the mess that he had created.
“He runs across the street to 59th Street, and they caught him there. But they arrested him, put him in the back of the car. He was completely disoriented, he had no idea what he was doing,” stated a witness named Shane Durando.
The “trashed” man needed to be tazed and now faces costly D.U.I. charges and resisting arrest.
“I was shocked. It’s the last thing you expect on a Saturday morning when you’re looking forward to going somewhere with your fiance and then you’ve gotta deal with this,” admitted a frustrated Durando.
Viking Sanitation said that they have a “long history” of safety and that they often conduct drug tests. In this case, the driver simply got away with it. Every worker can not be tested each day, after all.
“It appears that this driver failed to adhere to our standards and he was immediately suspended as part of the ongoing investigation of this serious incident,” said the company in a bit of understatement. It just is not clear if while he was not adhering to the “standards,” he was on the clock or not.
Everyone messes up, that is for sure. Sometimes the error is so grand that it gets captured on video, takes out a few trees, and costs thousands and thousands of dollars in damages.
Just ask Mr. Durando and his fiance.