Horrifying moment moped slams into NYPD patrol vehicle and bursts into flames after high-speed chase
The NYPD vehicle was attempting to block the street to bring the chase to a stop but the crash left it charred on the side
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QUEENS COUNTY, NEW YORK CITY: In a horrifying incident on Friday, September 16, a speeding moped rammed into the side of an NYPD patrol vehicle, leading to a massive explosion that left the police vehicle charred.
The crash happened in Queens county during a police pursuit and was captured on CCTV. The video shows the NYPD vehicle moving forward to block an intersection in an attempt to bring the chase of the speeding moped to an end.
According to DailyMail, the moped rider came racing towards the side of the SUV, which barely moved upon impact. Public Safety officers saw the racing moped at Jamaica Avenue in the early hours of Friday, September 16, and began a pursuit. The video shows that police then moved into the position in which the racer's vehicle was coming and even attempted to shut down traffic in order to capture the biker. Watch the video here.
The rider, however, did not slow down and slammed straight into the side of the NYPD vehicle. The incident happened at the center of the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
The bike exploded on impact while the driver was flung over the top of the handlebars and onto the side of the car. The man could then be seen curling up on the ground. NYPD officers and many witnesses then tried to take the racer out of the fire.
According to New York Post, the 34-year-old is expected to survive as he was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was treated for cuts to his head. The side of the NYPD patrol vehicle was left burned and blackened following the crash. The officers are currently interrogating the rider.
In another incident that happened in February, a petrol tanker crashed into the back of a truck on a highway near the Bologna airport, resulting in a massive explosion that claimed the life of one and hospitalized several others. In CCTV footage released by authorities, the petrol tanker was seen ramming straight into the vehicle at full speed and instantaneously catching fire. Moments later, when surrounding vehicles were evacuated from the bridge, the burning trucks caused a monstrous explosion. The deceased was identified as the tanker's 41-year-old driver while 70 others were seriously injured with third-degree burns.