Drivers on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York City were stunned when Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the aid of a motorist whose vehicle had flipped on its side.
After leaving an event in which Cuomo announced a massive expansion of the Pennsylvania Station subway station, Cuomo spotted the car and went to the scene.
A spokesman for Cuomo told The New York Times that the Governor was concerned the vehicle would topple further over, potentially injuring passengers.
Cuomo then assisted in cutting the driver out of his seatbelt.
NEW: As he was leaving @ABetterNY event, @NYGovCuomo came across an accident on the BQE, and he cut a passenger out… https://t.co/RyDRPSM2lt— Zack Fink (@Zack Fink) 1578334735.0
Fortunately, there were only property damages and no human injuries.
While the governor of New York assisting at the site of a vehicular accident is an incredible sight, people were divided in their reactions.
Some praised Cuomo for jumping into the fray.
This is leading by example - well done, Gov https://t.co/4JtwU7gOYN— John Avlon (@John Avlon) 1578360880.0
Now that deserves his VOTE! https://t.co/Cr6s26ntur— lee law (@lee law) 1578358023.0
Thank you Gov Cuomo for your saving a life https://t.co/v9H8YiXSPZ— Susan Chitty (@Susan Chitty) 1578401732.0
He is leading from the front! https://t.co/B9KD753b8S— Cincy1210 (@Cincy1210) 1578372616.0
Others thought Cuomo was just in the way.
This is sort of bizarre. You can clearly see in the video there are cops and other first responders on the scene al… https://t.co/OOohnvm0RZ— Sam Mintz (@Sam Mintz) 1578335995.0
headbutting five emts out of the way and just yanking on the first leg i see https://t.co/0PKt8zj70x— Cocktail Waitress 🐬🌹 (@Cocktail Waitress 🐬🌹) 1578359142.0
There are plenty of things I dislike about Cuomo, but his addiction to pulling this kind of stunt has to be near th… https://t.co/Ru2FmbCpGv— Samuel B. Johnson (@Samuel B. Johnson) 1578336746.0
Cuomo, who operated a tow truck as a teenager, has shown up to vehicular mishaps before.
He's assisted cars caught in snowdrifts at least twice.
A few more pics of Gov Cuomo helping a stranded driver on the Sprain. NY'ers help each other in times of need.Look… https://t.co/8tPE0v6MyD— Melissa DeRosa (@Melissa DeRosa) 1486676077.0
New York Gov. Cuomo helps Long Island driver stranded in the snow #blizzard2016: https://t.co/4BXZKfShgX https://t.co/oEgsYyzQ1Z— ABC News (@ABC News) 1453587056.0
Cuomo may be good at fixing cars, but his ability to fix the New York City subway remains to be seen.
The biography of Governor Cuomo's father, Mario Cuomo, American Cicero: Mario Cuomo and the Defense of American Liberalism, is available here.