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2 Hurt When Vehicle Careens Onto Columbus Circle Sidewalk, FD Says

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | September 8, 2014 8:45am 

 A car came within inches of plowing into a Starbucks Monday morning, witnesses said.
A car came within inches of plowing into a Starbucks Monday morning, witnesses said.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Two people were injured — one of them seriously — in a two-car accident that sent one vehicle careening onto the sidewalk in front of the Columbus Circle Starbucks Monday morning, officials and witnesses said.

A car and an SUV crashed in the intersection of Columbus Avenue and West 67th Street about 5:30 a.m., sending one of the vehicles up over the curb and onto the sidwewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection, according to witnesses and FDNY officials. It screeched to a halt just before smashing through the storefront window of a Starbucks, witnesses said.

A woman driving the car got out of the vehicle after the crash, witnesses said. Her name and age were not released.

"She was holding her head. She looked delirious. They took her away on a stretcher," said Joel Binns, 27, who was on line to watch a taping of "Live! with Kelly and Michael" at ABC's nearby studios at the time.

One person suffered serious injuries in the collision but was in stable condition at Roosevelt Hospital, an FDNY spokesman said.

Another person was treated for minor injuries at St. Luke's Hospital, the spokesman added.

It was not immediately clear if any criminality was involved.

Debris remained scattered across the sidewalk hours after the crash and a sign on the Starbucks window said it was temporarily closed.