NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Eight people are hurt, two of them critically, after an SUV fell from the upper level of the FDR Drive.
It happened at 23rd Street in Kips Bay around 3am Saturday. Police say the driver of a Land Rover told them someone cut him off. He swerved, hit the barrier and flipped over the side, landing on a taxi below.
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Brian Duncan was under the FDR Drive tending to his broken down car when he heard the sound of steel scraping against concrete above. That’s when he saw the Land Rover roll off the elevated highway and fall 15 feet.
“If that cab wasn’t there, those people would not be here today,” said Duncan.
The SUV crashed on the passenger side of the taxi then rolled off onto its tires. The cab driver escaped with minor injuries. Duncun said he heard screams and ran to help.
“He was unconscious and I shook him, he looked at me and started crying and the first thing he asked me was if his wife was alive,” said Duncun. “I told him his wife was alive.”
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Four people in the SUV are in critical or serious condition at the hospital. Four others are in stable condition.
The cab driver says thankfully, he didn’t have any passengers.
Investigators say it doesn’t appear that the driver of the Land Rover was speeding.