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Box Truck Crashes Into Queens Bagel Shop and Hurts 6, FDNY Say

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 8, 2014 11:33am 

 A truck slammed into Bagels for You in Forest Hills.
Box Truck Crashes Into Queens Bagel Shop and Hurts 6 People, FDNY Say
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QUEENS — A box truck hopped a curb and plowed through the front of a Forest Hills bagel shop, injuring six people Wednesday morning, FDNY officials said.

The truck crashed into Bagels for You at 113-29 Queens Blvd., near 75th Avenue, just after 10 a.m., when several people were eating breakfast.

Among them was a woman, who was sitting at a table near the window with her infant baby and her mother, according to FDNY officials and witnesses.

Six people were hurt, including two seriously, but their injuries were not life threatening, said Fire Chief Chuck Downey at the scene. The victims, which included restaurant customers and passersby, were taken to local hospitals, he said.

Downey said that "the infant had some bodily fluids and blood from someone else" on its  body, but appeared not to be hurt. The mother, he said, suffered from lacerations.

"It was just a regular day, we had a few customers sitting at the table, having breakfast, and a second later the truck hit the store," said Alex Filtsev, 27, who works at the store. "I'm still in shock." 

He said that at least three customers at the restaurant were hurt, including the baby's mother, who he said had been pushed against the wall by the truck, the baby's grandmother, and another woman.

He said the baby's mother "couldn't even talk. She got hurt in her head."

"My whole office was shaking," said Angelina Puchayev, who works at a homecare company directly above the store. "People were covered with blood."

Puchayev said that the truck first hit a car that was parked in front of nearby Forest Park Chapel, before crashing into the restaurant.

Downey said that the cause of the accident is still under investigation. "We don’t don’t whatever happened mechanically" with the truck, he said.

Downey also said that the building appeared to be structurally safe.

A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said that the agency is investigating.