Stand clear of the falling floors, please.
Scaffolding at the elevated Smith-Ninth Street subway station collapsed onto a truck driving beneath it on Saturday, officials said.
The aluminum siding and large beams came crashing down at 1 pm just as a dump truck was driving towards Park Slope on Ninth Street beneath the transit hub at the border of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens that services the F and G lines, a fire department spokesman said.
It was not immediately clear if the truck, which was not affiliated with the construction crew working on the subway station, slammed into the scaffolding or if the scaffolding collapsed because of other causes, the spokesman said.
The 80-year-old subway station, which recently underwent a $32-million makeover after being shut down for two years, was not struck or damaged, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman. The scaffolding was erected for routine weekend maintenance, according to the spokeswoman.
The accident blocked off Ninth Street near Smith Street in both directions for several hours and caused the transit agency to suspend service on the Manhattan-bound F and G lines and slow trains passing through the station to 10 miles-per-hour, an agency spokeswoman said.
Manhattan-bound trains bypassed the station until 3:30 pm Saturday and Coney Island-bound trains were already skipping the station because of the weekend work.
No one was injured.
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