Five people were injured when an out-of-control driver slammed a mini van through the front display window of a Queens supermarket on Tuesday, police said.
The driver of the gray minivan, drove straight at the front window of the Pathmark Farrington St. near 31st Rd. in Flushing at nearly 50 mph, witnesses said.
“She just went straight. I heard an engine, like someone pushing down on the gas,” said Derica Doward, 27, who was in the parking lot of the Pathmark. “She kind of swerved around another car and went straight inside the building … I had to jump out of the way”
The vehicle came to a stop around 20 feet inside the grocery store in the produce section, crushing a blue shopping cart before coming to rest near a container of seedless watermelons, according to witnesses and a picture posted by the 109 Precinct.
Five people, including the driver, were injured and were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital and New York Hospital Queens where they were all in serious but stable condition.
“One store employee had contusions on his forehead, he was bleeding profusely,” said Dan Addis, 49, who was making a delivery for J.B. Hunt transport when he heard the thunderous crash. “There was glass everywhere.”
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or if those injured were shoppers or passengers in the van.