Two Injured When Cab Slams into Midtown Duane Reade

By DNAinfo Staff on March 12, 2012 2:29pm  | Updated on March 12, 2012 4:03pm

By David Brann and Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Staff

MIDTOWN — Two people were rushed to Bellevue Hospital Monday afternoon with minor injures after a cab jumped a curb, hitting at least one person on a busy Midtown sidewalk and then slamming into a Duane Reade, fire officials said.

The taxi crashed into a pedestrian at 43rd Street and Third Avenue and then into the drug store about 1:13 p.m., according to the fire department.

Witnesses said a pedestrian's leg was pinned between the taxi and store. They said the other victim was the cab driver, whose face was injured when it hit his windshield.

"Everyone was screaming [to get out of way]," said witness Jacqueline Rosa, who works nearby.

Two women, who were on their lunch break said they saw the cab clip another car before losing control and hopping the curb where it hit a pedestrian before screeching into the Duane Reade. 

"Thank god there were not more people hit," said one of the women, who would only give her first name, Deborah. "When we left it was chaos."

One of the victims was a man in his 50s, according to fire officials. There was no immediate information on the other injured person.

The driver's condition was not immediately known, but another local worker, Tyron Tyler, said "the cab driver's face was bleeding" after the crash.

It was not immediately known whether the driver was being charged with anything.

The store's facade was slightly dented.