9 injured when SUV crashes into Upper West Side restaurant
The SUV is removed from the scene of the accident at the Indus Valley restaurant on the Upper West Side. (Amanda Magnus)
By Emily Ngo and Amanda Magnus
Pedestrians on the Upper West Side were fortunate to avoid harm Sunday when an SUV struck a taxicab then plowed into the outdoor dining area of a popular Indian restaurant.
However, nine people from the two vehicles involved in the accident were hurt from the collision at West 100th Street and Broadway, according to the FDNY. Two of the people who suffered serious injuries were taken to St. Lukes Hospital. The rest sustained minor injuries.Phuman Singh, the owner of Indus Valley Indian restaurant that the SUV careened into, said a couple dining had barely escaped the collision minutes earlier.
Nothing happened to the building, Singh said. We are very lucky.
Authorities shut off the buildings electricity and shored its faÃ§ade to prevent collapse, said fire Battalion Chief Robert Holzmaier.
I heard the bang. ... I didnt know what to do when it hit, said Ahamed Mohammed, who owns nearby business Ruby Fragrances. Thank God nobody died here.
Onlookers said they were impressed by the authorities rescue effort.
These are days that make you proud, said Heather Schindler, who was working at a nearby street fair. Everybody ran to everybodys rescue.