Bystanders Rush to Lift Taxi, Rescue Cyclist in Accident

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Bystanders Rush to Lift Taxi, Rescue Cyclist in Accident

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: A gas-electric hybrid taxi cab drives on a street March 1, 2011 in New York City. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal in a case that ends New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's four-year fight to force the yellow-taxi industry in New York to fully replace its 13,000 vehicles with gas-electric hybrids. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A bicyclist hit by a taxi near Columbus Circle Monday morning was rescued by a group of bystanders who rushed to lift the car off the elderly woman, police and witnesses say. 

The FDNY says a bicyclist was struck at 60th Street and Columbus Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. 

The victim was pinned underneath the SUV taxi, according to witnesses, and several people -- most of them construction workers from a work site nearby -- ran to her aid and lifted the vehicle. 

Shannon Algeo, who was walking by when he saw the commotion, said about seven to 10 people lifted the vehicle while others got the woman out. 

She was responsive but clearly injured, Algeo said.

Another person on the scene with medical training assisted by talking to the victim. 

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