A Sanitation Department mechanic dangled between the third floor and eternity Wednesday after crashing a 16-ton salt spreader through the wall of a Queens garage.
The driver, Robert Legall, mistakenly stepped on the gas instead of the brake pedal and lost control of the rig inside the sprawling Woodside repair facility shortly after 9 a.m., sending it through the wall and showering bricks and debris below.
With three-quarters of the bright orange spreader hanging downward at a 45-degree angle, Legall was rescued by firefighters using a tower ladder.
"I looked up and I saw a truck coming out of the window," said John Satar, a food vendor. "[The driver] was sitting in his seat. The other workers were saying, 'Hang in there. Help is on the way.'"
Alex Aponte was getting coffee at Satar's food cart when he heard "a big bang."
"I turned around and there was this truck hanging out of the building and debris falling