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Briton loses leg in taxi collision
A British tourist has had part of her leg severed after a New York City taxi mounted the pavement and hit her.
The 23-year-old woman, named locally as Sian Green, suffered a serious leg injury in the collision near the Rockefeller Centre on Sixth Avenue, midtown Manhattan, on Thursday morning, New York Police Department said.
The victim is believed to be undergoing surgery on the other leg following the crash, with police investigating the cause of the collision.
Sergeant John Buthorn said: "The circumstances are still under investigation, whether it was some sort of rage or an accident. It looks like her leg or part of it was severed during the accident."
He said two other people - the driver and a cyclist involved in a collision which caused the taxi to veer on to the pavement - were treated for injuries. The driver has not been arrested or charged, NYPD said.
It is believed the tourist had been in New York for just a few hours before she was injured.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of a traffic incident involving a British national in New York City. Staff at the British Consulate General in New York are providing consular assistance at this difficult time."
The woman was said to be walking along the street with a friend eating a hot dog when the yellow taxi crashed into her. Passers-by helped to fasten a bandage around the woman's legs to stem the bleeding, while others collected ice from street vendors to pack the severed leg.
Mohamed Elsayed, a 34-year-old food seller, told the Daily Telegraph: "It was a terrible scene. She was thrown into the bushes. She was screaming. Most of her leg was just there on the sidewalk, underneath the cab. We did all we could to help."
The woman was also assisted by Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor in America who was filming in the area. He later praised plumber Dave Justino on Twitter for his "quick thinking" in tying his belt around the woman's leg.