At least two pedestrians were pinned by a pickup truck used as a movable security barrier on Broad Street near the New York Stock Exchange at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. One of the pedestrians, an unidentified 70 year-old man, has died. NY1 is reporting that the victim was a NYSE security guard who was eating lunch when the crash occurred.
Police say a woman was taken to New York Downtown Hospital with scraped knees after jumping out of the way. According to eyewitness reports, at least one other pedestrian had an injured leg.
The pickup trucks are moved to allow other vehicles to continue up Broad Street from Beaver Street at a security checkpoint. Gothamist is reporting that the drivers of the trucks, which are used when the security barriers are broken, have a reputation for dangerous behavior.
The driver in today’s crash, a 50 year-old man employed by T&M Protection Resources, a security company contracted by NYSE, remained on the scene and has not been charged with anything. NYPD says that no criminality is suspected. “Looks like an accident,” an NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog. Because the crash resulted in a death, NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad is investigating.
“Not sure if the pictures show it,” our tipster writes, “but there’s a large puddle of blood next to the wall. Having those trucks pull in and out of the path has always seemed like a bad idea.”