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Snowplow destroys Greek American's cafe facade

Diners sitting at the Exo Cafe, at 70-20 Austin St., belonging to Greek American Elias Kalogiros were pelted with the flying trash can and chunks of ice at about 10:55 p.m. when the accident damaged the restaurant’s winter vestibule and shattered some of its windows.

Police said the city plow truck hit the garbage can, which then struck the vestibule, causing minor injuries to a 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman that were taken to the hospital.

We were really upset about what happened. We thought it was complete negligence,” Kalogiros told the “Queens Courier,” adding that, “if somebody was standing inside of the vestibule…they would have got hurt or even died.”

The city plow truck driver, who said he didn’t know what had happened, kept going, but was flagged down, according to Kalogiros.

The owner wasn’t at the restaurant at the time of the incident, but was able to see it later through surveillance video.

The NY Department of Sanitation, to which the truck belongs, said it conducted an investigation into the accident and “is taking disciplinary action against the operators of the equipment.”