Taxi Rescue: Man Stuck Under New York Cab

15 January 2013

A man stuck under a taxi after he was hit by the vehicle has been rescued by police who used their bare hands to lift up the car.

At least a dozen officers took part in the operation to free 19-year-old Luis Velasquez from beneath the cab, which weighed two tons.

Police said the victim had run into traffic after officers responded to a dispute outside a restaurant in New York.

The rescue was filmed by resident Rico Elias who saw it happen from the window of his flat on East 138th Street.

He told CBS: "The sarge said 'let's get it up' and they got it up, and they broke their butts doing it."

He added: "They lifted it up. There was no jack. They used their hands and backs and lifted the car up and over and got him out."

The man is in a critical condition at Lincoln Hospital.

The taxi driver will not face any charges over the collision in Mott Haven, The Bronx.

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