MANHATTAN – A frightening scene at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Thursday morning when an out of control van smashed through a concrete wall inside the hospital’s parking garage— leaving the van’s front end mangled and broken cylinder blocks crumbled around the large hole.
Based on the nature of the crash, it seems the wheelchair-accessible conversion van with Connecticut plates was coming down the steep parking ramp— located on East 74th street, east of York Avenue near the FDR drive– when it lost control.
Instead of stopping at the bottom of the ramp and turning to the right with traffic, the van apparently just kept going straight until it crashed into the concrete facade and the cinder block wall behind it.
FDNY officials say the first calls for help came in just before noon. Crews arrived to find one person in need of medical attention— likely the driver of the van whose airbag deployed in the wreck– who was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center.
About an hour after the crash, MSKCC employees were still working to clean up the scene, cordoning off the van and the damaged wall with yellow caution tape to keep gawkers away— and loading each of the wrecked van’s wheels onto a dolly so it could safely be pushed away from the wall.
Upper East Site has reached out to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for comment on today’s crash, but have not heard back by time of publication. We’ll update this article accordingly.