Sian Green, 23, was on her first day of a trip to New York when the incident happened besides a fountain near Rockerfeller Centre on Sixth Avenue, in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
On the scene, passers-by helped to tie a band around the woman’s legs to stem the bleeding, while others collected ice from street vendors to pack the severed leg.
Sian, who only arrived in New York from the U.K. on Monday night, remained conscious throughout the incident that took place around 11am, and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where she is in critical condition and believed to be undergoing surgery.
“She was thrown into the bushes. She was screaming. Most of her leg was just there on the sidewalk, underneath the cab. We did all we could to help.”
The injured tourist has also been assisted by a celebrity American doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was filming in the area.
A New York Police Department detective Brian Sessa has said: “A female aged 23-years-old was struck by a cab which mounted the sidewalk.
“She was taken to Bellevue Hospital Centre where she is being treated for a leg injury.”
A Foreign Office spokesperson has said: “We are aware of a traffic incident involving a British national in New York City.
“Staff at the British Consulate General in New York are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.”
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