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5 kids injured when SUV jumps curb in Queens

Authorities say five middle school students are in

Authorities say five middle school students are in stable condition after an SUV jumped a curb and struck them near their Queens school. The crash occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday about a block from Intermediate School 73-Q in Maspeth. (Sept. 12, 2013) Photo Credit: Jon Kablack / BMR Breaking News

Two children pinned under an SUV that jumped a curb Thursday morning in Queens were saved by fast-acting New Yorkers who lifted the vehicle off them.

The collision injured five children before the start of school at 7:50 a.m., when the 40-year-old driver barreled onto the sidewalk where the students were standing. The driver had been attempting to park on Grand Avenue at 71st Street in Maspeth, a police spokeswoman said.

David Foubister rushed to the school shortly after he'd left his home on the corner to walk his dog, Gucci.

"I heard 'thump, thump' and heard someone screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God,' " Foubister said in a phone interview.

He handed off his dog to a pedestrian and ran over with about 10 other people to lift the SUV and pull out two girls pinned underneath before EMS crews pulled up. Another student was lying on the sidewalk nearby, bleeding, Foubister said.

"We had gotten the girls out maybe 20 seconds before they came," said Foubister, 40, a driver with Teamsters Local 282.

The five IS 73 students -- one 12-year-old and four 13-year-olds -- were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to fire and education officials. The SUV's driver, who wasn't identified, stayed on scene and has not been charged. The NYPD is investigating the crash.

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