Three struck by van
AN out-of-control van lurched through a red light and slammed into three pedestrians near Penn Station Friday, police and witnesses said.
The 2002 red Ford commercial van came to a stop on Seventh Ave. by W. 32nd St. around 5:20 p.m., according to cops.
Video shows the van coming to a complete halt at the intersection before it suddenly hurtled forward and into a crowd of people, NYPD Inspector Matthew Hyland, the head of Patrol Borough Manhattan South explained.
“It was chaos,” said witness Jose Delgado, 20, a taxi dispatcher from the Bronx. “He (the driver) came out of nowhere.”
Delgado said he directed traffic as cops swarmed the scene to help the injured and surrounded the driver.
The 68-year-old motorist, who was not identified, immediately told responding officers his floor mat got tangled with the van’s accelerator.
Medics rushed the three pedestrians to Bellevue Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries, authorities said.
Cops said there was no indication that the driver was drunk and no criminality is suspected.