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Parents of injured British tourist fly to New York

Relatives of a British woman who had part of her leg severed when she was hit by a taxi in New York are flying out to be by her side.

The aftermath of the incident in New York
The aftermath of the incident in New York Credit: Bradd Jaffy/@BraddJaffy/PA Wire

Sian Green's parents, Jason and Sonia Green, and boyfriend, William Lord, 26, were due to fly out last night.

“She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what's left of her foot,” Mr Green said.

“We are a really close family we are all devastated by what has happened, we don't know what to say. We just want to be at our daughter's side right now.”

Leicester tourist hit by New York taxi - full report

by Stacey Foster

A woman from Leicester has had part of her leg severed after a New York taxi mounted the pavement and hit her. Sian Green was taken to hospital in a critical condition and is thought to be having surgery on her other leg.

Witnesses say the cab swerved to avoid a cyclist. They've described using a dog-leash and a belt to help keep Ms Green alive.

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Leicester woman in NY taxi accident

A woman from Leicester has had part of her leg severed by a New York taxi, city police are investigating whether or not her injuries were caused by road rage.

Sian Green has already undergone surgery and her father is flying out to America today to be by her side.

She is in recovery now and they have had to amputate what is left of her foot. We are a really close family and we are all devastated by what has happened. We just want to be at our daughter's side right now.

– Jason Green, Sian's father

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'Devastated' father to fly to US to keep bedside vigil

The "devastated" father of a British woman who had part of her leg severed by a New York taxi is flying out to America to keep a bedside vigil.

Sian Green has already undergone surgery after yesterday's incident, with city police investigating whether or not her injuries were caused by road rage.

Speaking from outside his home in Leicester, Ms Green's father Jason told the Leicester Mercury: "She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what's left of her foot.

"We are a really close family we are all devastated by what has happened.

"We don't know what to say."

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NYPD: Cause of taxi collision 'under investigation'

A spokesman for New York Police Department has confirmed that a driver who hit a British tourist, seriously injuring her legs, has not been arrested or charged.

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.

– Sergeant John Buthorn, nypd

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 also treated for injuries.

Children on school trip barricaded in New York hotel

Pupils and a teacher from a Leicester school have barricaded themselves inside a hotel in New York after being caught in one of the biggest storms in living memory.

Thirty-eight sixth formers from Leicester High School for Girls are currently taking shelter in their hotel in Times Square.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit New York shortly bringing with it gusts of over 85 mph and flooding. Almost 400,000 people have been evacuated from the coast by the US authorities.

The teacher has reassured everyone back in the UK saying that they are safe with plenty of water and food.

The school Media and Marketing assistant said in a statement from Leicester:

"The subway and shops are shut, and food limited, but they are revising, and keeping their spirits up.

"We have been reassured that they are safe, but obviously there is concern, as the hurricane is still to fully impact. Parents are in contact with the girls and the school."

– Anne Whitlock
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