NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several people are hurt, including two children, after a multi-vehicle crash sent debris flying through the air during the morning commute in Manhattan. The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. at the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 50th Street in Midtown . Police said a white van was driving south on 2nd Ave. when it hit a black Toyota Camry, causing the Camry to spin out and crash into an outdoor dining area nearby. Fortunately, no one was inside the structure. The white van then crashed into a food stand about a block away at 49th Street. Police said seven people were taken to the hospital, including two children, ages 5 and 7, who were hit by debris. (Credit: Blank Slate Restaurant) A restaurant owner whose business is right in front of the scene said one of his employees heard a loud bang and rushed out to help. “He came right out, he called 911. Luckily, no one got hurt. We had people seated in all these little huts. Luckily, just some debris made it over here, nothing more than that,” Zach Israel told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon. “We heard the sirens all morning. My son said he woke up and heard like a boom, like a bomb, or someone falling from a building and screens,” another person added. All of the victims were taken to area hospitals in stable condition and expected to be OK. Police said the driver of the van is in custody. Check back with CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com for more on this breaking news.
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7 Hurt, Including 2 Children, After Car Slams Into Outdoor Dining Structure In Midtown