Three struck by van

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - BY KERRY BURKE, ROSS KEITH and THOMAS TRACY

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.

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