Driver plows into cars, synagogue on East 20th Street

The jeep crashed through the building's front gate. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The jeep crashed through the building’s front gate. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A woman seemingly lost control of her jeep and crashed it into the front gate of the Chabad of Gramercy Park synagogue on Wednesday evening.

Minor injuries were reported after the accident, which happened on East 20th Street near First Avenue at 5 p.m.

At least six cars were damaged as a result, with one bystander describing the accident as a “domino effect.”

Andres Gomes, whose vehicle was damaged, said that the incident was confusing because the driver who set off the chain reaction appeared to be driving erratically, pulling her vehicle forward, then putting it in reverse before driving forward again, hitting multiple cars with each change of direction, before she backed into the gate.

The back end of this courier van was crushed in the collision.

The back end of this courier van was crushed in the collision.

Melissa Gonzalez, who lives on East 20th Street near where the accident occurred, said she was cooking dinner when she heard a screech and saw part of the accident.

“She just kept driving back and forth,” Gonzalez said. “Nobody knew what she was doing.”

The FDNY said that one person was taken to Bellevue with minor injuries. A spokesperson for the NYPD said that there have been no arrests in connection with the accident.

An unrelated accident also happened  on East 20th Street outside Lenz’s deli on Thursday morning around 11 a.m. A witness described it as a minor fender bender with no injuries.

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2 thoughts on “Driver plows into cars, synagogue on East 20th Street

  1. Three schools on that block

    On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM, Town & Village wrote:

    > Town & Village posted: ” By Maria Rocha-Buschel A woman seemingly lost > control of her jeep and crashed it into the front gate of the Chabad of > Gramercy Park synagogue on Wednesday evening. Minor injuries were reported > after the accident, which happened on East 20th Street nea” >

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