Bed-Stuy building damaged after SUV smashes into it; residents evacuated

A building in Bed-Stuy was evacuated after an out-of-control SUV crashed into it Friday afternoon. The accident happened at around 2:40 p.m. Friday on the

Some witnesses say they saw another car chasing the red SUV before it hit the building.

Some witnesses say they saw another car chasing the red SUV before it hit the building. (6/14/13)

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - A building in Bed-Stuy was evacuated after an out-of-control SUV crashed into it Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. Friday on the corner of Marion Street and Howard Avenue when a red Lincoln Navigator slammed into the building. All 16 people that live in the multi-unit, three-story building were forced to evacuate because the crash caused structural damage to the front of the building.

Engineers from the Department of Buildings were evaluating the situation before anybody could go back inside. Some witnesses on scene say they saw another car chasing the red SUV before it hit the building, and that the two drivers started fighting.

Firefighters set up a collapse zone because they say there is a chance part of the building could come down. The fire chief says the residents would likely be displaced last night.

The driver was taken to Kings County Hospital Center with minor injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

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