A San Francisco window washer was critically injured after he fell 11 stories from the roof of a bank building on to a moving car on the street below. ABC News reports that the impact of the falling window washer, who has not been identified, crushed the roof of the vehicle and shattered the glass from the windows of the car. The car, which was moving at the time of the incident, was driven by an individual named Mohammad Alcozai who has not been injured.
Mohammad later told KGO-TV that he considers himself lucky to be alive after seeing the kind of damage that his car sustained in the incident. The roof of the vehicle had completely collapsed. He added that he is praying that the window washer survives.
“I’m very happy that I wasn’t hurt. Hopefully he can make it. I pray for him that he can make it.”
Several witnesses who saw the incident happen reported seeing a blue streak as the man fell on the car. The man, according to them rolled on the ground after he hit the car, a Toyota Camry.
Bianca Bahman, who was on the corner where the man fell, said, “As he was coming down, he was definitely screaming. It all happened so quickly. It was so instantaneous.”
Another eyewitness, Sam Hartwell, said, “I heard the loud thud and the shattering of the back of the car,” he said. “At that point, I realized it was a body.”
According to police officials, the window washer was not on a window washing platform when he fell on to the car. He was reportedly moving equipment on the roof of of building. According to San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman, the window washing platform was on the ground At this stage it is unclear as to how exactly the man fell. Meanwhile, a group of people had gathered around the area where the incident happened. Officials were seen cleaning up the area which was filled with blood, glass and a shoe.
According to reports, the window washer worked for a California-based window cleaning company called Century Window Cleaning. The company was earlier cited for one serious violation and three other violations in 2008. The company had in the past been fined a total of $6,000 for the various violations which was later reduced to $2,700.
The latest incident with window washers happened just a week after two window washers were left dangling from the 68th story of the World Trade Center in New York.
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