Ambulette driver Miguel Bicaino, of the Bronx, defends actions in East Harlem explosion

A Bronx man is defending himself after reports surfaced that he abandoned a patient in his ambulette van amid Wednesday's deadly building explosion in East

The patient was helped by a passerby.

The patient was helped by a passerby. (3/14/14)

THE BRONX - A Bronx man is defending himself after reports surfaced that he abandoned a patient in his ambulette van amid Wednesday's deadly building explosion in East Harlem.

Miguel Bicaino says that when he first heard the blast, he thought it was a bomb going off on a passing train. His van was covered in debris and its windows were blown out.

After hearing it, he says he ran to get help, but says the police officer he flagged down would not let him return to his van. 

Bicaino also says the patient's home attendant was in the back at the time of the explosion, and claims that she fled when he opened the back door.

Samuel Carrasquillo, a passing deliveryman, says he helped the stranded patient as soon as he noticed her.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Scenes from fatal accident 1 VIDEO: Scenes from fatal accident
A mini-van plowed through a mini-mart in the 2 Van crashes into Bronx mini-mart, nearly crushes man
At least 20 cars were damaged when the 3 2nd-floor parking garage collapses on Jerome Avenue
Two brothers died after their car drifted off 4 The Buzz: Brothers die in Bronx crash
5 Neighborhood Brief for Feb. 19

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

A gas leak-triggered explosion reduced two buildings to FDNY: All 8 reported missing in blast recovered

All eight people reported missing after a deadly New York City gas explosion have been

Pastor Devlin says he visited East Harlem to Pastor lends support to explosion victims

A pastor from a Bronx church is in East Harlem to assist people affected by

Trains are running at reduced speeds. Metro-North restores service after explosion

Metro-North has restored all service to and from Grand Central Terminal following Wednesday's explosion and

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE