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8 hurt when van crashes car into outdoor dining area, plows into scaffolding on East Side

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Six adults and two children were injured in the crash at 50th Street and 2nd Avenue around 8:40 a.m.

EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A van crashed into a car sending it careening into an outdoor dining setup on Manhattan's East Side Friday morning, injuring eight people. Six adults and two children were injured in the crash at 50th Street and 2nd Avenue around 8:40 a. m. The 66-year-old driver of a white van was heading southbound on 2nd Avenue when it collided with the rear of a Toyota Camry. The Camry then crashed into the outdoor dining area in front of 945 2nd Avenue, which was unoccupied. However, flying debris injured two boys, ages 5 and 7. The white van then traveled another block, jumping the curb, destroying a fruit stand, and coming to a rest in scaffolding. Also injured were a 27-year-old man, 40-year-old woman, 47-year-old woman, 50-year-old man, 53-year-old man, and a 74-year-old man. Some of the injured were in the Camry, the others were pedestrians. Four of the injured people were taken to Bellevue Hospital.

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The driver of a van was taken into custody by police and charges are pending. The FDNY requested the Department of Buildings to do a structural integrity check of a building that was struck in the crash.

Firefighters have secured the scaffolding and debris. Second Avenue is closed southbound at East 50th Street until further notice. ALSO READ: Elderly man killed in East Side hit and run----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube

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