[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The driver of a New York City Department of Sanitation truck is in stable condition following a frightening accident at a Queens depot.
The vehicle, a salt spreader, crashed through the wall and windows of the second floor of the depot shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday and dangled precariously above a group of parked cars.
The incident took place at the depot on 53rd Avenue just east of 58th Street.
The fire department used towers and buckets to rescue the 56-year-old mechanic, identified as Robert Legalle, a 10-year veteran of the department. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said Legalle was fine, but “shook up.”
Officials said Legalle was pulling the salt spreader into a repair bay when the truck kept going smashing through the wall.
Crews are continuing to remove the 16-ton truck.