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Four Injured When Plow Sends Garbage Can Through Queens Restaurant Window

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Four people were injured when a snow plow drove past a Queens restaurant shattering windows and sending snow, ice, and debris flying.

Now, the city is taking action against the plow operator, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.

Dramatic video shows people talking and eating on Thursday night, when suddenly the front windows of the Forest Hills restaurant exploded.

A city snow plow that apparently caused the damaged was seen leaving the scene on Austin Street at 70th Ave. Officials said that the plow hit a garbage can, pushed it through a window, and knocked diners off of their chairs.

The manager at E.X.O said that when it happened she feared the worst.

“I looked up, saw things flying, thought someone hit us with a car,”Angela Maimon said.

The Department of Sanitation told CBS 2 that they had conducted an investigation into the accident and are taking disciplinary action against the operators of the equipment.

Owner Peter Kambitsis ran back to his restaurant minutes after the incident to watch surveillance footage and to see who might have been injured.

“I haven’t heard from the customers. I hope they are okay. I’m just glad many more didn’t get injured,” Kambitsis said.

Maimon said that one woman who appeared to be thrown in the video should be okay.

“There was one lady getting thrown on the video. I think she was more in shock. She’s going to be okay,” Maimon said.

Four people were taken to the hospital for bruises and cuts. Had anyone been standing outside of the restaurant reading E.X.O.’s outdoor menu management said that the incident could have ended in a fatality.

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