Taxi racing for fare crashes into scaffolding in Midtown

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New York, New York (PIX11)- For the second time this week an out of control taxi has jumped a curb in Midtown. This one caused some serious damage on 6th Avenue between West 36th and 37th streets. The accident could have been deadly, but it happened in the middle of the night instead of during the day when the area would have been packed with people.

Witnesses say it all started at about 1:20 a.m. on Friday  when two taxis that may have been jockeying for a fare collided on 6th ave and one of them rammed into scaffolding set up in front of the Vogue Apartment Building and the building’s facade.

“It sounded like thunder. It was really loud,” Edwin Figueroa, a witness witness said.” The cab took down the whole scaffolding. The other cab sideswiped him and he was hit from behind and lost control of his cab and it hit the building.

He added “Luckily no one was in the area. We would have needed lots of ambulances. Bodies would have been everywhere.”

Jonathan Rodriguez works in the building and rushed to help the unidentified driver.

“He stumbles out of the car and he’s fine. I checked to see if anyone was under the scaffolding. That was my second fear that somebody got hurt but luckily nobody was seriously injured.”

 Witnesses say the two drivers suffered minor injuries but it could have been much worse. Still the incident is certain to raise concerns about taxis in the city. On Tuesday, just up 6th avenue, a 23 year old British tourist had her foot severed when an out of control cab jumped the curb at 49th street and slammed into her. Good Samaritans including TV’s Doctor Oz helped to save the life of Sian Green.

The accident on Friday had the potential to be even worse with all of the steel, iron, tin, and wood raining down as the scaffolding crashed to the ground on top of the cab and the area in front of the building. So far police have not said if the drivers will be charged.