The breakfast crowd at D&B Diner was jolted as a truck came crashing through the front window, Newburgh town police said.
The driver, 42-year-old John H. Junge, and four others suffered minor injuries in Saturday's incident. They were treated in St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh and released, hospital officials said.
The tractor-trailer smashed through the window about 9:30 a.m. after Junge, who suffers from a gallbladder condition, lost consciousness, police said.
Junge was headed south on Route 9W about 50 miles north of New York City when he felt a pain in his side, police said. As he lost consciousness, the truck knocked down a utility pole and veered across the highway hitting the diner. The trailer turned on its side, spilling a 32-ton gravel payload.
No charges were filed.