New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seen pulling victim from car wreck

Cuomo is known for jumping into action during natural disasters.

January 06, 2020, 6:25 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jumped into action on Monday when he and his team came across an overturned vehicle with the driver still inside.

Video posted on social media, and later released by the governor's office, showed Cuomo cutting a driver out of his seatbelt on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway after the man's van turned over.

New York Police Department officers hadn't arrived on the scene yet, so Cuomo and the state police officers withing his motorcade stepped in to help.

PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stands on a concrete wall and holds open the door to an overturned van on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Jan. 6, 2020 in New York.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stands on a concrete wall and holds open the door to an overturned van on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Jan. 6, 2020 in New York. The governor helped the driver safely out of the vehicle.
Dani Lever/Office of the Governor via AP

Cuomo was returning from a speaking engagement at The Association for a Better New York, a non-profit organization focused on community and business development, when he and his team came across the crash.

The victim, whose vehicle tipped over after crashing into a median, did not have to be transferred to the hospital.

PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helps a man out of a vehicle turned on its side on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in New York, Jan. 6, 2020, in this still image obtained from video.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helps a man out of a vehicle turned on its side on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in New York, Jan. 6, 2020, in this still image obtained from video.
New York State/Social Media via Reuters

Cuomo has been captured on film assisting at least two other distressed people over the past several years. Cuomo helped a stranded driver on Cross Island Parkway during a snowstorm in January 2016.

He also stopped to help a stranded motorist on the Sprain Parkway in Westchester County, New York, in February 2017. His office posted images from the scene to Twitter, showing the governor helping to hook up a tow cable to a Chevrolet Malibu that was stuck in the snow after a storm.

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