Students injured in Maspeth accident
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Five students from I.S. 73 in Maspeth were injured, including three who had to be rushed into surgery, after an SUV lost control and jumped the curb at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Maspeth resident David Foubister came across the accident at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 71st Street just after it happened. He said a group of people lifted the vehicle off best friends Ashley Khan, 13, and Marina Abadir, 14, who were pinned underneath.

"We lifted the car and pulled the girls out," he said.

Minutes later emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The girls were taken to a local hospital. Abadir needed surgery on both her elbows and suffered a spine fracture, and as well as bruises and burns all over her body. She was listed in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Khan underwent surgery to repair a fractured leg and pelvis.

Investigators say driver Francis-Aung Lu mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing him to lose control of the car. He stayed on the scene and was cooperating with police. No charges have been filed.

The accident comes during the first week of school and just as the city prepares to deploy 20 mobile speeding cameras to crack down on fast drivers in the city's 100 most dangerous school zones.
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madgog
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September 12, 2013
no one follows the traffic rules .everyday I see cars running red lights on GRAND ave.it seems drivers think stop signs are optional cars & trucks make a mad dash making a left from the LIE UNTO GRAND AVE TRYING TO CROSS THE STREET U PUT YOUR LIFE IN DANGER. WHAT HAPPENED TO NO TRACKER TRAILERS ON GRAND AVE?????WE NEED CAMERS UP & DOWN GRAND AVE
MASPETH RESIDENT
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September 16, 2013
If you get confused between the gas and brake pedal it is not an accident you are ignorant and SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING ANY VEHICLE. This idiot did not even attempt to brake or turn his wheel to the left to park, he was probably texting at he time.