Brit's 'leg severed' by NY taxi

Police in New York are investigating why a taxi left the road and ploughed into a British tourist severing part of her leg. The woman, named locally as 23-year-old Sian Green, remains in hospital.

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Report: NY taxi driver freed after ploughing into Briton

A New York taxi driver who hit a British tourist severing part of her leg has been released from police custody, according to the New York Daily News.

The driver, named locally as 24-year-old Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, was reportedly issued a summons for being an unauthorised driver before being set free.

He is quoted as telling reporters that "it was an accident" and that he is "in shock".

The newspaper also reports that he has a number of previous driving offences on his record, including one for running a red light and for speeding.

Read: British tourist 'loses leg after being hit by New York taxi'

British tourist 'loses leg after being hit by New York taxi'

A 23-year-old British tourist has had her leg severed below the knee after being struck by a taxi outside the Rockefeller Center in New York, according to NBC News.

Witnesses said the woman is in a critical condition, with one leg severed below the knee and injuries to the other leg. The taxi is reported to have swerved off the road to avoid a cyclist.

The taxi swerved outside the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters

David Justino, a plumber working nearby, described helping the woman after the crash, which took place between Sixth Avenue and 49th Street.

He said: "He hit the girl, she flew up in the air, her leg was severed right off... so I just grabbed my belt, went over, lifted her up, put it on, held it."

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