At least four people were hurt in a crash involving a taxi cab, a Con Edison van and a food cart near Lincoln Center in Manhattan Monday evening, and police are searching for the driver of the vehicle who allegedly caused the chain-reaction crash, authorities said.
Witnesses say a black or blue car started the chain-reaction crash at West 62nd Street and Broadway when it slammed into the back of the yellow cab, which in turn hopped a curb and hit a food cart at the intersection. The food cart then tipped over and into a Con Ed work site where a utility van was parked, hurting three people as it toppled.
"A car came from behind, whacked him from behind, he jumped the curb," said witness Jose Rodriguez.
A 39-year-old woman pushing a child in a wheelchair was critically injured, police and witnesses say. Witnesses said her arm appeared to be nearly severed; police say she was taken to Bellevue Hospital. The child was not hurt.
"The last thing I remember hearing is someone scream, 'May arm, my arm,'" said a witness who asked to reamin unidentified. "I yelled for help, and me and a couple other people lifted the stand off the lady's arm."
The 23-year-old operator of the food cart also suffered burns to his face and arms when when it flipped with him inside, police said. He was taken to Cornell Hospital.
A 42-year-old man and another victim were injured when the cart fell over on them, but were in stable condition, police said.
Two people were inside the cab when it was hit, but they were unhurt, the driver told NBC 4 New York.
Police say four people were hurt in the crash, though fire officials said earlier that six people were taken to the hospital.
Law enforcement sources say they're searching for a black Honda, reported stolen from the Bronx about 20 minutes after the accident on the Upper West Side. Sources say investigators believe the car was speeding when it hit the cab.
Firefighters and police responded to the site, part of which had already been cordoned so utility workers with the Con Ed van could work in an open grate in the roadway.