Three people were struck by a driver who apparently lost control of his van early Friday evening near Penn Station and plowed into pedestrians. A frightened witness told NBC New York, "My heart....I'm still trying to breathe right now... Some people jumped back, some jumped forward and some ran out of the way. It was scary."
Around 5:20 p.m., the driver of a red van accelerated into crowd near 7th Avenue and 32nd Street, during the evening rush hour of commuters, and hit two women and a man. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
Literally just finished crossing the street in front of Penn Station when a car slammed into people. Heard the hit, screams and ran for it
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The driver stayed on the scene and police took the his blood alcohol level, which was zero. Cops said the driver, who was later seen in handcuffs as police talked with him, was shaken up after the crash. NYPD Inspector Matt Hyland said that the driver explained "that the floormat got stuck on the accelerator." Officials said the gas pedal was still stuck to the floor mat when they inspected the van.
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Hyland also described security camera footage, "the video shows he was a complete stop for two seconds, and then the van kind of just rolls through the intersection," and said the driver was "shaken up."
Police have said that no criminality is suspected.