Ambulance 4 Hours Late To Aid Roosevelt Island Tram Rider And Worker Injured Slipping On Ice At Tram Station Ramp This Morning
At about 7:30 this morning, a woman was injured slipping on the ice coated Roosevelt Island Tram station ramp. A Tram worker came to the injured woman's assistance and also slipped on the ramp causing an injury to her back.
Both injured people were instructed to stay on the ground because of their potential injuries. They remained lying on the Tram Station ramp, in the rain, covered by a tarp until an ambulance arrived at approximately 11:30 to take them to the hospital.
It was a very dangerous and accident filled day causing delays in EMS response.
Dangerous. RT @NYCityAlerts: EMS is backlogged over 500+ calls due to icing cond. @NYCFireWireAlso, reported earlier today on a traffic accident at the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix caused by icy road conditions.
— Zach Tumin (@ZachTumin) January 18, 2015
Image of Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix Traffic Accident This Morning
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Director Jack McManus reports on today's icy Roosevelt Island road conditions:
There was a 6 car pile-up on the RI bridge with no injuries and minor damage to several vehicles.There is a discrepancy whether the Tram worker was injured attempting to help the Tram Rider or vice versa.
Two women suffered slip and fall injuries on the Tram ramp. One was a Tram employee and the second was a visiting nurse who fell while attempting to help the female Tram employee up. Both women were removed by ambulance to Cornell-Weil Medical Center for evaluation and follow-up.
A Public Safety Officer was injured when he slipped and fell after exiting his vehicle while responding to the initial accident on the bridge.
The Grounds Department and the Sanitation Department have been addressing the icy roads with sand and salt.
In anticipation of potential problems this evening, we are checking the ramp and the bridge on the half hour, and maintaining a dialogue with the Department of Sanitation who has committed to assist us if the need arises.
A Roosevelt Island resident said about today's icy conditions:
Walking on Main St. pretty dangerous as well, wear shoes with some traction or else you'll be a human hydroplane. I saw it happen this morning, poor guy.