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9 People Hurt, 4 Seriously, as SUV Hops Curb in Hell's Kitchen, FDNY Says

By  Ben Fractenberg Jen Chung and Aidan Gardiner | June 15, 2017 1:01pm | Updated on June 15, 2017 2:27pm

 Nine people were injured when an SUV hopped the curb in Hell's Kitchen Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Nine people were injured when an SUV hopped the curb in Hell's Kitchen Thursday afternoon, officials said.
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MANHATTAN — An SUV clipped a livery cab, crashed into a parked van and hopped a curb in Hell's Kitchen — striking two pedestrians before coming to a halt on Thursday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The driver of a Chevy Suburban was headinbg south on Ninth Avenue and swerved into the right-hand lane just before West 37th Street, where the SUV driver, whose identity wasn't immediately released, cut off a livery cab who was also making a right-hand turn onto the one-way street, witnesses said.

"I said, 'Stop! Stop!'" said livery cab driver Pardeep Singh, 48, who had a passenger in his backseat at the time. "I'm scared, shaking."

Singh said the SUV's back bumper clipped his front bumper, then accelerated and slammed into a parked white van and mounted the curb, where police say the SUV hit two pedestrians — a man and a woman in their 40s.

The SUV, which was carrying eight passengers and had Georgia plates, then continued about 20 feet before coming to a halt on top of a metal planter outside the Hudson Crossing Apartments at 300 W. 37th St., witnesses said.

The SUV driver wasn't immediately arrested or charged, police said.

Several children could be seen sitting in the back of the SUV as firefighters surrounded the crash site.

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Emergency medical crews pulled six people from the SUV, carrying them away on stretchers or in slings.

Four people were treated for serious injuries at Bellevue Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition, an FDNY spokesman said.

The other five were treated for minor injuries at the same hospital, officials said.

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