Louis C.K. Asks TMZ to Take Down Tracy Morgan Crash Footage, and Asks the Rest of Us Not to Watch It

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Morgan onstage in 2008.
Comedian Louis C.K. is asking gossip purveyors TMZ to take down the footage of the aftermath of a fatal collision that killed comedian James McNair and critically injured several other people, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. And since it's unlikely that the site will actually pull the video, he's also asking the rest of us not to watch it.

It's been nearly a week since the fatal collision on the New Jersey turnpike; a Wal-Mart tractor trailer driven by Kevin Roper, a driver who reportedly hadn't slept for more than 24 hours, hit a limousine carrying a group of comedians, including Tracy Morgan, James "Uncle Jimmy Mack" McNair, Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, plus Morgan's manager Jeffrey Millea. Roper pleaded not guilty on June 11 to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Morgan sustained a broken leg, femur, nose and several ribs, according to his PR representative, and underwent surgery Wednesday.

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Five Injured After MTA Bus Crashes Into Washington Heights Pizzeria

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An out-of-service northbound M5 MTA bus crashed into a pizza parlor in Washington Heights this morning, injuring at least five people, including the bus driver. The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m. at Broadway and 154th Street; the photo you see above was taken by the NY Scanner Twitter account after the FDNY arrived on the scene.

You might also notice a very battered-looking minivan in front of the bus. ABC News reports that witnesses saw the minivan try to cut the bus off, leading to the crash. Never try to cut off a bus, guys.

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MTA Would Prefer You Stay Off Subway Tracks and Not Drive Your Car Onto a Train

Image by Twitter user @BKSHOSHANNAH
Someone drove their damn car right onto a Q train this morning, an action the Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommends you avoid. Really strongly recommends it. They're quite stringent on this point.

Nonetheless, as DNAInfo was first to report, a lady in an SUV "plowed through a fence near Albemarle Road and East 16th Street" in south Brooklyn around 5 a.m. today. The fence created "a kind of ramp that allowed her to settle her front tires atop the train," an action that was captured in the delightful photo you see above, by insta-famous Twitter user @BKSHOSHANNAH. Shosh snapped the photo at 7:30 a.m., meaning that getting a car down off a train is apparently rather difficult and may take several hours and quite a lot of inconvenience. Who knew?

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Metro-North Train Bombed Into 30 MPH Limit Curve Going 82 MPH

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C.S. Muncy
The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday afternoon that the Metro-North train that crashed in the Bronx on Sunday was traveling at 82 miles per hour into a curve that should approached at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.

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Harrowing Scenes From the Aftermath of Sunday's Metro-North Derailment

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C.S. Muncy
On Sunday morning, a southbound Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central derailed in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 63. The cause of the derailment is still unclear, and the NTSB is in the midst of an investigation. Photographer C.S. Muncy was on the scene and captured these photos from the aftermath.

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After Metro-North Derailment That Killed Four, Federal Transportation Board Begins Investigation

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Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses reporters Sunday evening.
At 7:20 on Sunday morning, a southbound Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 63, 11 of them critically. On Sunday night, the dead were identified by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police; they are Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, New York, James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens.

It's still not clear what caused the derailment, although an anonymous "senior city official" told the New York Times that a train operator pulled from the wreckage told first responders that the brakes had failed, something that hasn't been publicly confirmed. The incident happened near where a northbound train hauling garbage derailed in July. In a press conference last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledge the previous accident, but said, "We have no reason to believe those two things are related."

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Car Crashes Into Brooklyn Supermarket, Injuring a Woman

Albert Samaha
At around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, there was a loud bang; when the people walking down Bedford Avenue turned to look, they saw that a car had crashed into the supermarket. Its crushed hood was lodged into the store's front window, shattered glass and pieces of metal all around.

The car, a silver Mercedes Benz, had jumped the curb and barreled over three of the metal posts that fence in shopping carts in the front of the NSA Supermarket, which sits at the Clarkson Avenue corner in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

The driver -- a thin man in his 20s or 30s -- stepped out, looking stunned.

The crowd, drawn by the sound of the crash, gathered quickly, pouring out of the nearby laundromat, bodega, pizza joint, and apartment buildings. There were gasps as the onlookers realized that a woman had been hit. She lay on the ground, conscious but bloodied, stuck between the car and one of the upright metals posts.

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The Bike Messenger in Tuesday's Cab Crash at 30 Rock May Have Caused the Whole Thing

Bicyclist cuts off cab driver. Cabbie gets mad. To spite biker, cabbie steps on gas to cut biker off. Cabbie loses control of car, plows into pedestrian. Pedestrian loses her foot. Cabbie goes to jail. That's the narrative we were all expecting, right? Turns out 24-year-old Faysal Himon, the driver of the cab that severed tourist Sian Green's foot on Tuesday, may not be the villain in this story after all. A New York Post report has found that yes, Himon was not licensed to drive the cab, and yes, even he admits to being a bad driver, but he might have been trying to escape the bike messenger everyone else thought was yet another blameless victim.

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Cab Driver Who Mowed Down Cyclist, Took Off Tourist's Foot, Has Not Been Charged With A Crime

Categories: Accidents, Cabs

The aftermath of Tuesday's accident
Twenty three-year-old Sian Green counted down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until her New York City vacation. The young woman, a citizen of the U.K., posted a shot of her countdown clock on Instagram with the caption, "New York plzzzzz hurry up! #NewYork #excited #August #lovinglife."

Green was resting on a planter box, eating a hot dog, in front of Rockefeller Center on Tuesday morning when she was mowed down by a taxi. The cab severed her left leg and mangled her right.

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Taxi Cab Jumps Curb in front of 30 Rock, Severing A Woman's Legs and Injuring One Other Victim

The scene of the accident from above.
A taxi cab jumped the curb in front of 30 Rockefeller Center at approximately 11:30 a.m. FDNY has confirmed that at least one victim, listed as 23 years old in numerous reports, lost at least one leg in the crash.

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