2 injured after car crashes into Times Square barrier

An out-of-control car plowed into a recently installed concrete barrier put in place to protect pedestrians in Times Square Tuesday morning, leaving two people with minor injuries, officials said.

The 2016 Toyota with TLC license plates crashed into the barrier at the bustling intersection of West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue around 9:07 a.m., police said.

Cops say the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 42nd Street and trying to make a right turn onto Seventh Avenue when it lost control and hit the barrier.

A 25-year-old man told cops he was about to cross the street when the collision occurred, causing the barrier to strike him, injuring his right foot and toes.

Medics treated the man and transported him to Bellevue Hospital Center.

Officials say another person also suffered minor injuries.

It is unclear exactly when the protective barrier was installed, but no barriers were in place when Google last photographed the area in October of 2018.

In January of last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the city would put in 1,500 metal bollards in Times Square and other high-profile areas in an effort to ramp up safety.

The security measure came after Uzbek national Saipov Sayfullo plowed a truck into the bike path along the West Side Highway on Oct. 31, 2017, killing eight — and after ex-Navy seaman Richard Rojas intentionally drove his car up a crowded Times Square sidewalk, killing a teenage tourist and injuring 22 other people on May 18, 2017.

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