By Marina Lopes and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — Two people were hurt when a tow truck rammed into a car on the Upper West Side Saturday morning, sending it hurtling across the intersection, authorities and witnesses said.
The smashup unfolded on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue just before 9:15 a.m. when a Dodge Durango stopped short, according to Officer Michael Williams, of the 20th Precinct.
"The tow truck operator did not have enough time to stop," Williams said. "It struck the vehicle and sent it across the intersection."
Fire officials said that they had to free the Durango's occupants, a father and son, 21 and 48, from the mangled wreck.
Samantha Berges, a waitress at brunch spot Nice Matin, recalled that the car "went flying" across the intersection after the crash.
The occupants of the Durango were taken to St. Luke's Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.
The tow truck driver was not injured, according to Williams.