- Three people were hit by a van outside Penn Station in New York on Friday
- Driver said it happened accidentally when his gas pedal got stuck on a floor mat
- The three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries
A van driver who hit three pedestrians outside New York’s Penn Station has told police it happened accidentally when his gas pedal got stuck on a floor mat.
The three people hit – two women and a man – were hit at around 5.30pm Friday and were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Police are investigating the driver’s claim the gas pedal got stuck on the floor mat.
Police gather as a man is taken into custody after striking multiple pedestrians
Witness Mike Lamencusa says he saw the 2002 red Ford commercial van hit two of the victims.
He says he was standing outside Penn Station when he saw the van speed up and hit them. He says one victim was dragged by the van and it was ‘horrible.’
‘It was chaos,’ witness Jose Delgado, 20, a taxi dispatcher from the Bronx, told the NY Daily News. ‘He [the driver] came out of nowhere.’
The 68-year-old driver was released from custody on Friday night with a traffic summons, according to NBC New York.
A man is taken into custody after striking multiple pedestrians outside Penn Station during rush hour in New York