At least four people were injured Monday afternoon when an SUV jumped the curb and slammed into two stores in Chelsea, FDNY officials said.
The unidentified victims were rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue with minor injuries after the vehicle swerved off the road and crashed into the sidewalk at Sixth Avenue and 17th Street around 2:45 p.m., according to FDNY.
The NYPD said two of the victims were in the car, and the other two were pedestrians. An NYPD spokesperson said the driver of the SUV, which had TLC plates, was distracted by a sick passenger when they tried to go around another car and swerved off the road.
Cops immediately closed off the street, according to witnesses. Ben Sparks, 43, was walking north on Sixth Avenue when the crash happened.
“There was people on the ground and they were working on them,” he said. “It was really chaotic. They were really trying to get people away from the scene.”
Traffic reopened on Sixth Avenue about 45 minutes later.