FBI agents dismantle the Uber car in Manhattan on Sunday. The vehicle was struck with shrapnel during Saturday’s blast.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 7:52 PM
An Uber driver ferrying a woman and two little girls was caught in Saturday night’s bomb blast — and by Sunday afternoon, the FBI was dismantling his car.
The driver said he’d picked up a woman and two girls and they were driving along W. 23rd St. in Chelsea around 8:30 p.m. — unaware that in seconds his car was going to be caught in a storm of shrapnel.
“I just picked them up over there on 23rd St. and Seventh and then boom there was an explosion,” driver Md. Alam told the Daily News.
“I just pulled over here and called 911 and the passenger called 911. My car is damaged,” Alam said.
Md. Alam, the Uber driver of the car, talks about Saturday’s frightening incident.
But his passengers still needed to get to their destination, so Alam brought them to 40th St. and Madison Ave.
He parked and, following NYPD instructions, left his car there.
By 4 p.m. Sunday, FBI agents were crawling all over his black 2012 Toyota Camry.
Alam’s vehicle was damaged in the explosion.
Its back window was already blown out by the blast and two doors were damaged.
FBI techs got to work stripping out any possible evidence.
Alam watched from the sidewalk as agents pulled out five shopping bags that had belonged to his passenger.
Two were from Macy’s, one from shoe store Aldo and two from the Garden of Eden food market.