At least seven people — including two children — were injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash that sent a car careening into an outdoor dining setup in Manhattan, police said.
The chain reaction smash-up occurred just after 8:30 a.m. when a white van hit a black sedan, sending the car hurtling through the dining area at the intersection of East 50th Street and Second Avenue.
The van, which was traveling southbound on Second Avenue, kept going, plowing into a fruit stand, sources said.
Witnesses said the van began barreling into things in between East 51st and 50th streets, before coming to a halt at East 49th Street.
Juan Carlos Quispe, 44, said his brother, who was waiting on East 50th Street and Second Avenue at the time, narrowly missed being mowed down.
“My brother said, ‘Hey Carlos, it’s an accident,’” said Quispe, who was coming from Third Avenue. “When I came, I saw two little kids on the sidewalk. They were scared.
They were shaking. I didn’t see any blood.”
Quispe said he saw an Asian woman lying on her back near 49th and Second Avenue.
“She was trembling, shaking,” he recalled. “She had her eyes closed. She seemed like she was in pain. The ambulance came and took her away. People were saying she was going to be OK because she was moving her hands and legs.”
He added about his brother, “Thank God he is OK. He could have been hit.”
Videos on Citizen app show the dramatic aftermath — piles of debris scattered in the intersection just outside a Starbucks, as well as a traffic light and street sign that were toppled.
The vehicle bore the name Mega Elevator Parts, located in Long Island City.
“We don’t have any information yet,” a worker, who declined to identify himself, said. “There was another vehicle involved. As per NYPD, I am not supposed to discuss this with anybody.”
FDNY Battalion Chief Tom Lapolla told reporters that scaffolding on a nearby building was “compromised” as a result of the crash and will be taken down.
The city’s Department of Buildings was on site to investigate.
Airbags inside the sedan, which had front-end damage, were deployed.
A driver was taken into custody and may have been under the influence, police said.
The FDNY said seven people — five adults and two kids — were taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
One suffered a broken hip, while the children suffered abrasions from the flying debris, sources said.
“No serious injuries at this time,” Lapolla said.
No one was in Crave Fishbar’s outdoor dining area at the time of the crash, police said. The Midtown eatery opens for business at 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, according to its Instagram page.
The accident is now under investigation by the NYPD.
Additional reporting by Lorena Mongelli