ROCHESTER, New York – An SUV driven by an 89-year-old man plowed into pedestrians and vendors at an open-air public market Thursday, injuring 10 people.
Police said the driver was looking for a specific vendor at the Rochester Public Market when his foot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator, sending the vehicle through at least eight food stalls and into a shed.
"We heard a big bang and when we looked, this vehicle was just plowing through everything at full throttle," said Jared Longboat, 36, whose food stand was wrecked in the crash.
A total of eight workers and shoppers went to hospitals, two with serious injuries, police said. Another person and the driver were also injured.
Firefighters had to extract the driver from the SUV, but his injuries appeared to be minor, police Chief David Moore said. The man was sent home with a relative, Sgt. Cheryl Fridley said. No charges have been filed.
The market was ordered closed as vendors cleaned up the area, which was strewn with spilled fruits, vegetables and crates.