NEW YORK - Three people remained in critical condition Tuesday after a taxi crashed onto a sidewalk injuring them and three others in an area of Midtown Manhattan generally busy with workers and tourists a day earlier.
A yellow taxi making a left-hand turn from West 29th Street onto Broadway collided with a bicyclist at about 1 p.m., NYPD Deputy Chief John Chell said. The cab then slowed down, veered left, and jumped the curb.
"The cab seems to speed up, it strikes two female victims, and presses them against the wall," Chell said. "As this occurs, a remarkable scene took place — about 15 to 20 New Yorkers attempted to pick this cab off these women."
FDNY emergency personnel responded.
"They were on scene quickly and rendered aid, did everything they could," Chell said. "In total, we have six victims at the hospital, including the cab driver. We have three critical, three non-critical."
He said that initial evidence points to an accident but NYPD crash investigators are working the case by processing the scene, obtaining video evidence, taking witness statements, and more.
In a statement on social media, Mayor Eric Adams called the incident a tragedy and praised the people who jumped into action.
"Traffic safety is all of our concern, and I will continue working and taking action every day to keep New Yorkers and everyone else visiting our city safe on our streets," the mayor said on Twitter. "I also want to thank the numerous New Yorkers who came to the aid of those injured and displayed that New Yorkers will always be there for each other.
The mayor later told reporters that he believed four victims are tourists. Two are from Mexico and two are from Ohio, he said.
The critical victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital. One of the victim's legs was severed in the crash.
Video distributed by the Citizen App showed the taxi on the sidewalk with emergency personnel in the street. A large crowd was also gathered.
Video from FOX 5's SkyFox showed blood all over the sidewalk in the area.