Six hurt after SUV crashes into New York City laundromat

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Six people were hospitalized after a 74-year-old driver plowed into a Staten Island laundromat over the weekend.

The injured people were all rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North.

The vehicle reversed and, ultimately, crashed into the Coin Laundry on Sunday afternoon - injured at least six people.

"I heard the "bomb-burst" sound, so I came back", said Bon Koo, the laundromat owner, Fox 13 News reported. "So when she saw me, she was like, 'My legs!'" Torlone said.

"She saw the auto coming fast, then it ran over her", said Cristina's sister Marrsela Sanchez.

The driver was leaving the strip mall parking lot after shopping in a nearby supermarket, and possibly hit the gas instead of the break in what police are calling a freak accident.

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Zoraida Michelle was inside the laundromat at the time of the incident with her father and daughter.

Three people were seriously injured and another three suffered minor injuries, according to the FDNY. All three got pinned between the SUV and the laundry equipment.

"And they were saying, get the vehicle off me..."

Police say the elderly man accidentally went into reverse and slammed into the building as he attempted to park his vehicle. "So that's... not only just the auto but the tables and the carts were just ramming into everyone", said Alessia Simoncelli, another eyewitness.

The damages to the store, which was closed Sunday night, have been estimated at $20,000.

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