NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Five people were rushed to the hospital after a vehicle jumped a curb following a collision in the Bronx Tuesday afternoon.
Dwight Downer’s aunt was just about to blow out the candles for her 80th birthday when uninvited guests crashed the party.
“It was real loud, I mean, it was two crashes. One cars connected, and then you know when the car hit the fence and ended up into the yard,” he said.
The two-vehicle crash occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Eastchester Road and Givan Avenue in the Williamsbridge section, according to police.
Authorities say the cars were driving in opposite directions towards the intersection. One of them tried to make a left turn when the other slammed into it.
Witnesses tell CBS2’s Ali Bauman a man pushing a stroller on the sidewalk grabbed his child out of the seat and away from danger with just seconds to spare.
“I heard the engine like ‘vroom,’ and that’s when I jerked around and when I jerked around, all I heard was breaks and then saw the car go up in the air and the guy grab his kid and run,” witness Dwyane Wade said.
Downer says the people in both cars were awake and groaning in pain.
“This guy was stumbling out of the car so I told him to sit down and asked if he was all right,” he said. “The girl had blood on her face. The guy was holding his leg and this guy was in a lot of pain.”
First responders rushed five people to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi with minor injuries. Witnesses say the baby didn’t appear to be injured and wasn’t even crying, but the close call has many shaken over what could have been.
“My nephew and nieces always play out here and at that time were inside getting ready for dinner,” Claudette Robinson told CBS2.
Downer told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones it’s not the first time this has happened.
“We’ve had several. This fence lasted a long time,” he said.
Authorities aren’t investigating any criminality at this time.