Amateur footage has emerged of the moment 30 bystanders lifted a taxi off a woman, who was trapped underneath its wheels.
It is understood that the pedestrian was dragged under the wheels of a London black cab while crossing King William Street outside the Bank of England.
Eyewitness Laura Fares, from Finsbury Park, was outside Bank Station when she saw two paramedics, and the taxi driver, waiting for support and asked why they weren’t pushing.
“It was really weird, the cab driver was just leaning on the car, waiting for more help and the paramedic said he wasn’t emergency staff so needed to wait for more people. They had a blanket on her and a pillow under her head.
“She looked like she was in her late twenties and she was really blue and blinking. She was sort of semi-conscious, but I could tell she was still alive.
“I said, aren’t we going to move the car off her? She’s still alive. He looked underneath the car and said that her leg wasn’t too badly injured and said we could try and lift it.”
At this point, Ms Fares began calling for bystanders to help lift the taxi.
“I was really bossy, but I think people needed to be told what to do. I started yelling at people in the street, running up to them, especially men. I was saying ‘You’re a man, there’s a lady under the car you’ve got to help push’.
“There was a group of Spanish tourists who I even managed to draft in to help. I can speak Spanish because I come from Argentina. It was mostly men in suits – dropping their brief cases to run and help. There were about 25 of us. We did it in about three minutes.
“I was directing, telling them to pull and hold and eventually we lifted the car off her.”
“She was very pale, but still blinking. I knew she was alive.
“When I got back to the office I was shaking and crying because I was so moved by the whole thing.
“I am so glad she was alright. The emergency services and crews arrived about five to ten minutes after we freed her.
“When I went back to the scene after work it was all cordoned off. I would absolutely love to meet her – I’m so glad she is alive.”
The woman was treated in hospital for soft tissue damage and was later discharged.
Courtesy Of: Telegraph