Six employees of the city's Department of Transportation received a heroes welcome Monday at City Hall for helping to save lives over the weekend when a small plane landed on the Major Deegan Expressway.
One worker said they were en route to a pothole, when they saw a Piper Cherokee descending near Van Cortlandt Park.
They sprung into action, shutting down traffic across three lanes so the plane could safely land.
"If we wasn't there, it would have been a devastating situation because the aircraft had no other way but to land into the highway into traffic. Just imagine, it would have had to land into traffic and that would have been such a tragedy," said DOT Highway Repairman Randall Sanders.
The group then rescued the plane's three passengers, who suffered only minor injuries.