2 pedestrians hit in car crash outside Suburban Station
The accident occurred outside Suburban Station just before noon.
A Toyota Sienna minivan struck two pedestrians and a newspaper stand on John F. Kennedy Boulevard outside of Suburban Station late Tuesday morning, then crashed into a bank building on the corner, shattering its front glass window, according to police and a witness.
"Two guys went up in the air," said Raymond Williams, 40, who said he saw the crash at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard about 11:40 a.m.
Police said a 38-year-old man and a 77-year-old man were taken by medics to Hahnemann University Hospital, where they were in stable condition with injuries.
A man working in the newsstand, which was pushed 90 degrees on the sidewalk after the minivan crashed into it, suffered cuts and bruises but didn't need to go to the hospital, police said.
Police said a woman was driving the van west on JFK Boulevard, and tried to switch from a middle lane to the right-hand lane at the intersection with 16th Street, but instead struck the back of a silver Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle traveling in the right lane.
The impact appeared to have made the woman panic, and she then accelerated and lost control of her minivan, which jumped onto the sidewalk, police said.
Both drivers remained on the scene. Police Capt. Patrick Kelly, of the Accident Investigation District, said he didn't expect charges to be filed because the crash was an accident.
The minivan driver declined comment to a reporter.
Nirlesh Desai, who owns the newsstand, said his nephew was working inside at the time. He said his nephew is OK.