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Five-Car Pileup on Atlantic Avenue

Four people were taken to the hospital

Nearly a dozen people were injured in a five-car pileup outside the Post Office on Atlantic Avenue on Friday night, fire officials said.

The accident, which occurred shortly before 9:10 p.m. between Third and Fourth Avenues, sent four people to Long Island College Hospital with non-life threatening injures. Seven others declined medical attention, according to officials and an EMS lieutenant at the scene.

"I just felt the impact and I thought it was a truck that hit me," said East Orange, NJ resident Jennifer Alleyle, who was driving to a church gathering in Bedford-Stuyvesant when her Toyota Highlander was hit from behind by another car that was rear-ended.

Alleyle, who was still shaken as the accident was being cleared, said she didn't see the vehicle that caused the chain reaction and ended with four SUVs being damaged, but witnesses at the scene said a Mercedes came tearing down the eastbound lane and caused the accident.

One man at the scene was placed inside a police car with handcuffs behind his back. It was not immediately known if he was the man responsible or charged in connection with the accident.

Furtgo May 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Just wait till game days at the new stadium… the officials who greenlighted this have never attempted to drive in the area; they're always driven while talking on the phone or reading their Blackberries. This happened at 9pm, after rush hour? Too late for them to get a clue, but not to late to try to fix the traffic light patterns.
Eustace Greaves Jr May 21, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Imagine that, an actual resident of New Jersey driving a car with Jersey plates in Brooklyn. Now that's something you don't see everyday. To echo the sentiments of Furtgo, our roads in this area will be under siege once the new stadium is up and running. Already, the volume of traffic makes the trip from Franklin Avenue to Adams Street the next best thing to the old Coney Island bumper car rides. Also, we need to perform greater enforcement of the texting and talking while driving laws. Increase the fines and the points.

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