A sanitation worker in the Queens area who thought it would be a good idea to take the wheels on his own ended up in trouble with the police last Saturday. He caused a chain reaction collision because he decided to move a van that was in the way of his sanitation truck. This is the reason the police gave as to why the accident occurred.
The driver of the sanitation truck, James M. McGuinness, 50, was gathering garbage on Hampton Street near Elmhurst Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood at roughly 11:30 a.m. While doing so, he saw a 2003 Ford van which didn’t have any occupants and still had the key in the ignition. So, he got inside the van and turned the vehicle on. Then, he backed the van up and hit an Acura sedan which was sitting behind the van. This caused the Acura to hit a Honda SUV parked behind, and the chain reaction crash happened. This information comes from the police report.
A 29-year-old man, who is said to be the owner of all three of the vehicles, heard the crash, saw what happened, and called the police. McGuinness was charged by police with unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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