Tourist loses leg in New York taxi accident
A British tourist had part of her leg severed after a New York City taxi mounted the pavement and hit her, it has been reported.
New York Police Department said the 23-year-old woman suffered a leg injury in the accident near the Rockefeller Centre on Sixth Avenue, in midtown Manhattan yesterday morning.
She is believed to be undergoing surgery to save her leg, according to reports.
A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office 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."
She was walking along the street with a friend eating a hot dog when the yellow taxi crashed into her, according to the report.
The driver claimed he was swerving to avoid a cyclist when he hit the woman, it added.
Passers-by helped to tie a tourniquet 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, said: "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."