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2 People Hurt in UWS Crash That Destroys Subway Entrance, FDNY Says

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | August 16, 2017 8:32am 

 The crash occurred at Broadway and West 66th Street, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
The crash occurred at Broadway and West 66th Street, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Two people were seriously hurt when a tractor-trailer T-boned an SUV near Lincoln Center Wednesday morning — sending the car careening onto the sidewalk and pedestrians scattering for safety, officials and witnesses said.

The SUV destroyed the railing to an entrance for the southbound 1 train on West 66th Street and Broadway around 6:10 a.m., the FDNY and witnesses said. 

The 18-wheeler was heading south on Broadway while the SUV was coming across West 66th Street, the tractor-trailer's driver told DNAinfo New York.

"I had a green light. The guy ran through a red," said the driver, 69, who refused to give his name. "I made the last light and was doing 25 mph. He came right under me. I never had a chance.

"It was bang, bang," he added. "He was right behind the elevator [at the subway station], where he stopped. I did everything right." 

Two people suffered serious injuries and were treated at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, officials said. It was not immediately clear who the injured individuals were.

"It happened so quick," said witness Mherlie Dorcely, 22, who works in the area. "The 18-wheeler hit the SUV on the passenger side. People were running. There was smoke coming out of the 18-wheeler. The SUV was totaled."

The SUV driver was unconscious behind the wheel, witnesses said. 

"Bystanders pulled him out," Dorcely said. "There was a lot of blood."

The subway's green entrance railings were strewn in the street as crews worked to clear the scene.

There didn't appear to be any impact on 1 train service at the station, according the MTA's website.