Several people hospitalized after a taxi hit a bicycle and jumped a sidewalk in Manhattan

NEW YORK — There is new information in the case of a yellow cab jumping a curb along a busy city street on Monday.

Six people were injured and three were slightly injured. Strangers worked together to lift the car of two people trapped under the car.

CBS2’s Kevin Rincon spoke to an Australian physiotherapist who sprang into action.

There was no shortage of heroes here on Monday as so many foreigners did their best to get through a truly gruesome scene after a taxi pinned two women to the ground along the sidewalk.

“Luckily, I guess my training has started,” said Scott Robbins, a physical therapist.

Robbins was having coffee with his partner when a cyclist coming down Broadway crashed into a yellow cab making a turn on West 29th Street.


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Police are reviewing surveillance video and believe the cyclist may have run a red light. According to police, the 60-year-old driver tried to apply the brakes, but instead pressed the accelerator pedal.

“At one point the cab driver tried to back up and I yelled at him, ‘Stop!'” Robbins said.

The taxi jumped the curb and hit three people, pinning two of them under the car.

Robbins, who works in an emergency room in Australia, said the situation was bad.

“I knew the other leg was broken, but I thought it was tied up, then she tried to sit up and I realized she was no longer tied down. At that point, she started bleeding heavily,” Robbins said.

He was not alone. There were dozens who ran to try to move the taxi that was pinning two of the victims.

“There was one girl who was missing her knee, then she had a broken ankle. And then the other woman was face down. Her left leg was pretty, pretty bad,” one person said. “It was shocking, you know, traumatic. Quickly, you’re shaking and reacting. And we were getting ice cream and taking off like aprons. We had a belt with someone to provide a tourniquet.”

“A remarkable scene took place, approximately 15 to 20 New Yorkers attempted to steal this cab from these women,” NYPD Deputy Chief John Chell said.

Mayor Eric Adams said the investigation will be thorough and he thanked those who stepped in to help.

“You saw New Yorkers surrounding the cab trying to help as much as they could,” Adams said.

Rincon reported that the taxi driver was taken to hospital after complaining of chest pains following the accident. The victims were tourists. There were two from Columbus, Ohio, and two from Mexico.

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