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NYC crash: Taxi injures eight after driving into Hell's Kitchen restaurant

All injuries are non-life-threatening

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Thursday 11 July 2019 20:35 BST
A taxi injured eight when it drove into a restaurant in Manhattan (Rex)
A taxi injured eight when it drove into a restaurant in Manhattan (Rex)

Eight people were injured after a taxi crashed into a restaurant in Manhattan.

The taxi ploughed into a building on 54th Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, which houses the Westville Hell’s Kitchen restaurant on the ground floor, and apartments above.

In photos of the incident, which occurred shortly after 12.30pm on Thursday, firefighters can be seen working to remove the front of the yellow cab from the restaurant.

The crash left behind debris including what appears to be part of the front bumper of the taxi.

According to the FDNY, five people were taken to the hospital following the crash, with photos showing one patron being transported in a wheelchair by emergency responders.

Firefighters work to remove the taxi from the curb in Hell's Kitchen
None of the injuries are life-threatening
The driver of the taxi said he was hit by another car
The incident took place around 12.30pm EST
Eight people were injured in the crash

Three people refused medical aid at the site.

All of the injuries sustained are non-life-threatening, according to the FDNY.

On Twitter, the man who was reportedly driving the taxi told PIX11 reporter Andrew Ramos that a car struck him from behind, causing him to lose control of his own vehicle.

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NYC council speaker Corey Johnson said on Twitter that he was aware of the incident, the cause of which is currently under investigation, and that his office is in contact with the NYPD.

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