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Driver hits unoccupied building, causing partial collapse

May 7, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a driver is in custody after his vehicle slammed into a two-story Brooklyn building, causing it to partially collapse.

Security video shows a streak of light as the car barreled through an intersection and into the building at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Rubble rained and dust billowed as the front section of the building came down.

The Fire Department says the building had a vacant store on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor. Nobody was inside.

A neighborhood resident, 15-year-old Dina Ramirez, tells the Daily News that “it sounded like a bomb went off.”

The driver fled but police found him several blocks away. Police said it appeared he had been drinking. He was taken to a hospital for tests and observation.