On Monday afternoon, an untoward event occurred in NYC, when a taxi cab turning onto a narrow section of Broadway hit a bicyclist, then swerved onto a Manhattan sidewalk and into a group of pedestrians- critically injuring 3 people.
According to the NYPD, the incident took place at 1 p.m. in the city’s Flatiron district, a little more than five blocks south of tourist-packed Herald Square. Police said it appeared to be accidental, but an investigation was underway to determine exactly what happened. The crash took place outside a bagel shop on the same block as the New York City flagship bakery of Milk Bar, a dessert shop with a national following.
The yellow cab was on West 29th Street, turning south onto Broadway, when the collision with the bicyclist took place, according to NYPD Deputy Chief John Chell. The cab crossed through a bike lane and continued onto a narrow sidewalk, striking people before coming to rest against the side of a building, trapping two women. With an immediate reaction from onlookers, bystanders rushed to try to lift the taxi off two women pinned by the vehicle.
A total of six people were taken to the hospital, police said, including the taxi driver. Three of the injuries were not considered critical.