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Taxi Jumps Curb, Slams Into Duane Reade In Midtown

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Duane Reade after cab crash (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Duane Reade after cab crash (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An out-of-control taxi crashed into a Duane Reade at East 43rd and 3rd on Monday afternoon leaving three people injured.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond On The Story


The cab jumped the curb and onto a crowded sidewalk before hitting one pedestrian, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported. The cab driver and his passenger were also hurt.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Talks To Witnesses At The Scene


The driver hit the windshield, according to witnesses and the passenger was taken to the hospital after slamming against the partition.  The pedestrian was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition.

“He had hit his head through the glass — he was bleeding everywhere,” one witness said, describing the driver.

cab midtown Taxi Jumps Curb, Slams Into Duane Reade In Midtown

A taxi cab is seen after crashing into a Duane Reade in Midtown - New York, NY - Mar 12, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

The crash happened just as many office workers were spilling out of their buildings for lunch, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. Witnesses said the cabbie appeared to be speeding and one man marveled that only one person was struck.

“It was lunchtime — it’s always crowded out here…lot of other people jumped out the way though,” that witness said.

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