Maspeth residents forced to vacate homes after SUV crashes into two-family house

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A man crashed his black Chevy Suburban into a two-family home in Maspeth on Monday, Oct. 4. (Screenshot via Citizen App)

A 42-year-old man was taken into custody after crashing his black Chevy Suburban into a two-family home on the corner of 70th Street and Queens Boulevard in Maspeth early Monday morning, according to authorities.

Police responded to a calls regarding the collision at 46-08 70th St. at approximately 1:36 a.m. on Oct. 4.

The driver was taken to Elmhurst Hospital after complaining of pain and has yet to be charged as an investigation is pending, according to authorities.

No residents of the two-family home were injured, but they were displaced after the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) inspectors determined the residence was unsafe.

The inspectors were called to the scene to examine the structural stability of the residential building. The DOB investigators said that a 16-foot-long section of the front and side walls at the corner of the first floor were knocked out of place by the collision.

First responders installed emergency shoring at the corner of the building to prevent a potential collapse at the first floor, according to a DOB spokesperson. The building was ultimately determined to be unsafe for residents. As a result, DOB issued a vacate order with relocation assistance for the five residents through the American Red Cross. 

“We have ordered the building owner to properly seal the damage section of the building and install additional shoring for the second floor above,” said DOB Press Secretary Andrew Rudansky. “DOB structural engineers will be following up with the property owners regarding their plans for shoring and repairs.”