FDNY responds to reports of pedestrians struck during protest in Midtown, Manhattan

MURRAY HILL, Manhattan (WABC) -- Multiple people who were participating in a protest were struck by a car in Manhattan Friday.

The accident happened at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and East 39th Street just after 4 p.m.

Between 40-50 protesters were in the area at the time of the accident.

The demonstration had spilled out onto the street and protesters surrounded a car.

The car drove into the protesters, injuring at least seven people.

Their injuries are not considered serious, though some of them were taken to the hospital.

The vehicle remained at the scene and woman who was driving is being questioned by police.

This does not appear to be an intentional act, according to a police official.

The driver of the car was already at the intersection when protesters surrounded her car and it appears she may have accelerated out of fear.

Several protesters were detained.

The demonstration was in solidarity with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees being held in a Bergen County jail.

The ICE detainees have gone four weeks with no food as part of a hunger strike protesting their treatment.

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