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Taxi Plows Into Midtown Scaffolding, FDNY Says

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | August 23, 2013 7:29am 

 A driver was hospitalized when his cab ran into Midtown scaffolding on Friday, witnesses said.
A driver was hospitalized when his cab ran into Midtown scaffolding on Friday, witnesses said.
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MIDTOWN — A taxi driver was hospitalized after plowing his cab into scaffolding on Sixth Avenue Friday morning, witnesses said.

The man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with chest pain after crashing near West 37th Street about 2 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

The crashed taxi had been trying to poach another cab's fare when it lost control and swerved into the structure, according to ABC News.

Officials could not immediately confirm that account.

The driver told witnesses that he was rear-ended and lost control of the car, according to a doorman who was in the building the cab hit. 

"I heard a big crash and saw this cab coming my way. It hit the scaffolding and knocked it down," said doorman Jonathan Rodriguez, 23.

"It was crazy. Everything started coming down. It looked like a bomb went off," he added.

Rodriguez spoke to the driver moments after the crash.

"The driver said he was OK. He was a little shaken up," Rodriguez said. "He just hit his chest because the airbag didn't deploy. He kept walking back and forth."

Friday's accident occurred a dozen blocks south of where another taxi hopped a curb and plowed into a British tourist on Tuesday, severing her leg.